A short-lived fascination with another person may be exciting–I think we’ve all seen people aglow, in a state of being “in love with love”–but such an attraction is not sustainable over the long run. Paradoxically, human love is sanctified not in the height of attraction and enthusiasm but in the everyday struggles of living with another person. It is not in romance but in routine that the possibilities for transformation are made manifest. And that requires commitment.

Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work” (New York: Paulist Press, 1998), 62-63.

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