October 12, 2015

31 Days: Love.

Dear Child,

Pope Francis recently said at the Festival of Families, "Only love is capable of overcoming difficulties.  Love is a festival.  Love is joy.  Love is to keep moving forward."

I think that love is possibly the most over-used word today.  Or ever?  The Bible mentions love somewhere around 300 times, depending on what version you are looking at.

What is love?  It certainly isn't that touchy-feely, "mushy like mud" stuff you see in the movies.

St. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7,

Love is patient, love is kind.  It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

If you ask me, love doesn't seem so easy or mushy.  Love is hard to do.

St. Paul goes on to say in verse 13 that "...faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love."  

Jesus says in John 13:34, "I give you a new commandment: love one another.  As I have loved you, so you should love one another."

Think on these things.  I'll be back to talk about love some more.


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