St. Augustine, an early theologian, wrote at length on the central role of our loves, the things towards which we orient our lives. For Augustine, virtue was nothing more than "rightly ordered loves," and sin or wrongdoing was simply "disordered loves."

Here are our attempts to set our loves in order:

We love belonging to God

The centerpiece of the Christian life is being bound to the life and work of the Triune God: "I am not my own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ," as an old catechism phrases it. God binds himself to us, freely giving us his whole self (and so giving us forgiveness, grace, the working of his Spirit). And for our part, we discover what it means to be fully human, and our truest selves, in living into this grace-filled reality that I do not belong to myself, but to God. Practically speaking this means we live:

...devoted to the Scriptures.

...dependent upon the Spirit.

...delighting in Sacramental worship.

We love belonging to one another

Belonging to God means we belong to a single body, that none of us belongs to ourselves apart from the others. Entering the life of discipleship of Jesus is entering into a life of community, of "life together." 

We love belonging to our City

God loves the world and loves our city; we do too. We love its flourishing, knowing that our city needs justice, peace, grace, forgiveness—all the things that we find in the Kingdom of God and want to embody and pursue out of love for our neighbors.