The Greatest Love of All

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“Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8).

St. Paul’s love discourse is most associated with matrimonial love because it speaks of love’s permanence. It’s often the selected reading at weddings because it teaches the betrothed how to give of themselves and resolve differences by means of the greatest spiritual gifts: faith, hope and love.

But since we all have God within us and God Himself is love, this writing is unquestionably meant to inspire us all—not just the wedded, but also single persons who are especially close to Jesus as they journey toward perfection and holiness without a human family.

St. Paul’s “excellent way” is sure to lead us all there as we strive eagerly for these gifts which are found in imitating the virtues of Christ. It’s impossible to ever envision our Lord as jealous, pompous, inflated, rude, self-seeking, quick-tempered or brooding. But we easily see these in ourselves because we only partially know Him; we only partially know love.

So this writing of St. Paul encourages us to emulate Jesus in patience, kindness, perseverance, belief, hope and endurance, whether with our spouse or any one of our neighbors. These are the same virtues that lead us to love in the first place and that will ultimately lead us to knowing fully, the greatest Love of all.  e.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

SONY DSCThis young one responded to my sweet talk this morning, not yet knowing it should run further up the tree.  I guessed him to be about eight weeks old.  I’ve been watching the expectant mother for awhile, waiting for her babies to appear.  There are four of them now, scrambling about.  I learned from a quick internet search they don’t make their public appearance until furry.  Welcome to the world, baby!

God’s Mother, Our Mother

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Too often I need to remind myself that in my struggles I must turn to Jesus first, for He is my greatest consolation.

On this Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, I’m especially reminded of Mary’s suffering as she stood at the Cross of Jesus. How could she give the violence of her sorrow to her dying Son while He endured His own agonizing Passion?

Mary viewed her Son’s suffering with intense grief, yet in it she saw our salvation. Our Lady’s sorrows are embodied in the prediction and fulfillment of today’s Gospels; first, in Simeon’s prophesy of a sword piercing her heart, and second, in Jesus’ words to her and the beloved apostle, John, “Behold your son.” (John 19:26) “Behold your mother.” (John 19:27)

When Jesus gave Mary to John, He gave her to us as well. Now we, as members of the Mystical Body of Christ, share God’s Mother as our own — a Mother whose obedient and loving heart was pierced for the deliverance of our souls.  e.

“From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the LORD to be praised” (Psalm 113:3).

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It was a beautiful morning, albeit foggy when I got up and peeked outside.  The windows had dew on them from the abundance of rain and heat over the past few days.  This squirrel was thrilled to be playing in the sun again, scrambling up and down our biggest palm like a child, stopping to give – what it looked like – praise to our Creator.

But there was no place for him to hide from my big lens, so he found himself a hardwood branch and sat eyeing me as I sipped some Starbucks Morning Joe while giving praise myself.  Good morning!  Good night.

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