What is love anyway?

Love is patient; love is kind. Paul writes to the people of Corinth 1 COR 13:4-13 in today’s Second Reading. His list of what love looks like is quite challenging. How do you love? While this Scripture is often chosen for weddings, this call to love applies to everyone. Can we love like Jesus? Being human, we often fail at loving. How would you end the sentence “Love is…”? It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things…How can it endure all things? Today’s world and relationships are pretty complicated. Do you believe marriage can last a lifetime? Do you see that kind of love around you? Love is a decision and wills the good of another according to St. Thomas Aquinas. It takes a decision to love by both people in order to work out well or last…and forgiveness, understanding, listening and patience!  Agape – love without conditions or motivations. (Greek) Paul says that we should strive eagerly for the greatest of spiritual gifts but we shouldn’t stop there! Write Paul’s list in your own words and post it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror. Use it for your examination of conscience and go to confession to receive God’s mercy, grace and supernatural strength to love like He does. Put your name in place of the word love. Paul is kind; Paul is patient. You, too, can be holy if you follow his advice! Don’t forget to pray and ask for help! Based on the Readings for the Sunday Mass – February 3, 2019. http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/020319.cfm

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Changing your mind, Changing your life

Changing your mind often gets a bad wrap in our modern world.  Changing your mind can mean you are flaky, indecisive or frustrating to deal with.  Jokes abound about how women are always changing their mind (especially when we can’t figure out what to wear! Lol). Metanoia is usually translated as repent or turn around.  Today’s translation could be to change your […]

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O, the door!

Counting down the final days to Christmas with all of the rush and worry (is your shopping done? Cookies made?) can make us a little frantic and disconnected. Here is a thought for you if you have the time. Paraclete Press sent me a reflection yesterday about the O Antiphons. If you don’t know much about them there is a […]

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Who me? I can do this!

As we continue our journey from John’s point of view in Chapter 6, Jesus creates another miracle! Jesus feeds everyone in John 6.  Did you put yourself in the story?  Are you Philip?  How will you pay for all that food? A question that I often ask myself as I plan meals for my family.  Eating well, healthy meals and […]

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Retreat and regroup

A week ago I read the Sunday Readings for July 19 that focused on Christ’s peace and this was my summary: St. Paul says Christ is our peace.  He will bring us together.  We all have access to the Holy Spirit!  We are brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.  How can you make peace?  Mark tells us how […]

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Good grief…got the power?

Yesterday’s Reading contains my favorite Scripture passage.  It has kept me going for many years! * but he [God] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses,* in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with […]

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