June 19

Reflection

Love is our single true and ever-lasting communion in God. It is the one common link that every human has to every other person who has ever lived. “Love each other as I have loved you!” Jesus did not make any exceptions to this central directive; he did not allow prejudices, bigotry, intolerances and hatred to be built into it. He simply stated his expectation. Love, once given, is not something that is ours to recall or to revoke; it remains what it always has been- a gift of God. Love is something that brings us into relationship with each other. It bonds us and binds us together. The love that we share for one another as Christians is a love that does not fail.

Prayer

Lord, where there is hatred let me sow love.
Francis of Assisi

Action

Is there an area in my life where bonds have been strained or broken? How can this best be repaired?

Suggested Reading

As God has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
John 15:9-17 

Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:10

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Rumi

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.
Thomas Merton 

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle 

A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.
Frank Abagnale

Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.
Naveen Jain

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.
J
ohann Friedrich Von Schiller

 

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