The deepest act of love often comes with the choice (and willingness) to share in another’s suffering. Follow Mother Teresa’s example in how she answers the question, “What is love?”
Allison Ricciardi, LMHC discusses how we can respond to help others cooperate with the graces won by Christ on their behalf and be saved.
Welcome to February—the month we traditionally celebrate love and relationships. It’s a beautiful sentiment to refocus on love and commitment.
What is one thing that people have struggled with for centuries? What causes the most conflict in people’s relationships today? I propose it is a misfire of communication.
“Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage…” This old time song is as true today as ever, and we now have a deeper understanding from both Scripture and science of how love and marriage “dance” together and how to restore the dance when the music stops.
While it may not be that only the Divine can forgive, we know at least, that it takes a considerable amount of grace, effort and intentional will to do so.
In the gospel’s account of the Baptism of the Lord, we hear the Father’s voice, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I delight.” And when we look at Jesus, of course, what’s not to delight in? He’s a chip off the old block in a way that no other son ever has been or ever will be. What could His Father say but, “That’s My boy”?
“An ugly truth is better than a beautiful lie” is an apt adage when discussing the authenticity of love. Love is not a feeling, nor can it be reduced to mere words. This is not to say that loving words do not matter, but those words must be supported by a love that is visible and tangible.