We know that “love is the greatest thing there is.” (1 Cor 13: 13) And most importantly that “God is love.” (1 John 1:8)
But what exactly is love? In the English language, “love” is used for so many different situations and emotions … it’s often misunderstood.
There’s neighborly love, called Philia, that is based on goodwill towards others.
There is brotherly or familial love, called Storge.
There is romantic love, also known as eros, that everyone is chasing … and is the subject of many books and films.
Then there is agape, the highest form of love. Agape is a universal love based on self-sacrifice. It’s the love that God has for us.
And agape is the love that God asks us to have for one another.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
This week’s resources help to explain just what agape love is and how we can incorporate more love into our life.
Philosopher Peter Kreeft considers what love really is (and what it’s really not) showing why what many people commonly think of as love falls short of the shining reality of this great gift of God to human beings.
There are countless studies that show people who practice formal gratitude are happier in life. But it doesn’t have to be all that hard or take that long each day. There are three stages for practicing casual gratitude everyday that will also make you happier.
One of the greatest acts of love is to care for an elderly parent or relative. But from time to time this leads to added strain and exhaustion in our own life. The key is to be sure you take care of yourself first.
We light candles in church in memory of loved ones or for special intercessions. It’s a private conversation with God and a way for our prayers to remain in the church even after we’ve left.
September 1, 2018 was the fourth annual World Day of Prayer for the Creation. Pope Francis announced this year’s focus is “water, particularly in two aspects: respect for water as a precious element and access to ‘water as a human right.’”
We tend to think of Blessed Mary as the warm, loving mother who cares for her child and all of us. But just like all mothers, there’s another side to Mary that would serve us well during this troubling time.
After recent reports describing clergy sex abuse, Paul Peloquin, a Catholic clinical psychologist and a clergy abuse survivor, shared advice for victims and their families.
During the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis advised pilgrims to look to the true meaning of religion which is, remaining faithful to the Word of God and being vigilant against the “pollution of hypocrisy, vanity and greed.”
By adhering to the commandment to not take the name of the Lord in vain, Christians can show the beauty of baptism and the Eucharist, as well as “the sublime union there is between our body and the body of Christ; he in us and us in him,” the pope said Aug. 22 during his weekly general audience.
It might seem counterintuitive right now, but it’s actually time to get even more serious about evangelization.
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