The Act of Love
Information About the Act of Love Prayer
The Act of Love is a traditional Catholic prayer based on Matthew 22:37-39. In this discourse, Jesus explains the "two greatest commandments": to love God and love neighbor (others in our lives). Traditionally, the word "love" used in this passage is often translated as "charity," because in English the word "love" has such a broad meaning. In Greek, the word used here is agape, which means a selfless and unconditional love that is not given based on the merit of the person being loved. This is how God loves us.
Act of Love
O Lord God,
I love You above all things,
And I love my neighbor for Your sake, because You are the highest, infinite and perfect good worthy of all my love.
In this love I intend to live and die.
Compiled by David Bennett