A 19th century Danish theologian/philosopher Kierkegaard is known as the father of existentialism (a philosophy that grounded itself in the human experience). His work centered on joining philosophy and ethics, trying to ground ideals within the human experience. While he is not readily known within the Church he has tremendous things to say for us.
“Love is the expression of the one who loves, not of the one who is loved. Those who think they can love only the people they prefer do not love at all. Love discovers truths about individuals that others cannot see”
“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!”