Monday, December 3, 2018

The Many Faces of Love



The faces of love are many and sustain all things.  They unite people to live harmoniously.  Love is the greatest creative force with which we are endowed.  Loving others call for unblemished, pure, and sincere hearts.  With such expressions people are joyful when they light up, and express their faith.  An early Christian theologian and bishop St. Augustine (354 AD 430 AD) said, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the rewards of this faith is to see what you believe.”

Evangelistic Love

Evangelistic love is one of friendship.  It’s in the light that shines brightly that fills hearts and souls.  It’s God’s deep love for us.  Christians projecting this love believe in this heavenly gift with all their hearts.  They know the full meaning of love.  Proselytizing saints become more mature as they grow in God’s grace.  As they encounter others a communion develops centered on Christ.  This comes mainly by helping the poor in our midst.  These yearning souls are blessed with new hearts in encountering the living Christ.   A Roman Catholic religious sister St. Teresa (19101971) wrote, “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

Communicating Love

Let’s the devoted community, plan on loving in the right way in showing their care that reaches out to all.  This is greatest when there’s love in families, with our neighbors, friends, and those we greet on the highways, and byways of life.  It’s showing concern that comes by those we love.  Mahatma Gandhi (18691948), a leader of Indian Independence movement in British ruled India said, “It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”

Love of Life

Oscar Wilde (18541900), an Irish author, and playwright wrote, “Keep love in your heart.  A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”  Self-love that doesn’t extend itself to others isn’t good.  Love ought to be steadfast in promoting what’s best in the world, by touching those unloved and isolated.  Let us love our brothers and sisters, showing them we really have their interests at heart. We experience this joy when our hearts burn in embracing the elderly and forgotten.   Our goals must be in professing this kind of love.  Morihei Ueshiba (18831969), a Japanese artist and founder of the martial art of aikido said, “Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.”  These sprouts are special kinds of love.  Undoubtedly love’s true profundity can only be found through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. 

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