Book 1 Identity and Values: Study Tools
Chapter 3 – Love
Vocabulary (click on the word for the definition)
agape – (Greek, pronounced uh-GA-pay): selfless love that recognizes the unique preciousness of each and every other human being.
commitment – A spiritual, emotional, or intellectual bond with another person or course of action. A dedication, pledge, or promise.
dignity – Being worthy of respect. All persons are worthy of basic human respect because they are made in God’s image.
empathy – To feel what someone else is feeling; to identify with or under- stand the situation of another person by “walking a mile in his shoes.”
eros – (Greek, pronounced EAR-oss): Romantic love characterized by deep intimacy and commitment.
exclusive – Includes only specific people, and does not include anyone else. For example, a sacramental marriage includes only one husband and one wife, and does not include anyone else.
intimacy – To open up the deepest parts of yourself to another person: physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically.
humility – A virtue in which you don’t think of yourself as greater or lesser than you really are. An honest view of yourself compared to others, and compared to God.
intrinsic dignity – The true worth and goodness inside of every human being, including ourselves.
love – To desire the good for someone else so much that it becomes easier to do good for that other person than it is to do good for yourself.
philia – (Greek word, pronounced FEE-lee-uh): friendship; the kind of love that involves give and take.
storge – (Greek, pronounced STORE-gay): spontaneous feeling of affection or delight toward someone or something.