February, the month dedicated to love!
There is something about gentle snow fall that brings a sense of peace and calm to me.
Here we are in February, the month dedicated to and all about love. How timely was it to hear Paul’s message in his letter to the Corinthians at Mass recently? Without love, I am nothing, I gain nothing.
Sometimes we can get lost in the Red, white, and pink that signify Valentine’s Day, found right in the middle of the month. That’s the kind of love found in Conversation Hearts and the Hallmark holiday which Valentine’s Day is. Perhaps in keeping with the tradition and rhythm of the month we can look at self-love and self-care and fostering relationships with family and friends. Without love, I am nothing, I gain nothing.
It is important to be intentional in taking care of ourselves. This means getting enough rest and giving ourselves the time, love, and attention that we need to recharge our mind, body, heart, and soul. Love it patient… if you find yourself stressed out, impatient, and at your wit’s end, take time out for yourself.
Saying “I love you” doesn’t have to come in the shape of a heart-shaped box of chocolate or a dozen roses. Now is when the simple and random acts can go a long way. Maybe a special note in a lunch box? Or, heck, a bouquet of flowers, just because! Family and friends are always important – take a few minutes to acknowledge them. Make this February a month to celebrate your most important relationships – self and others.
In 1 Corinthians (13:4-8) we read, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
Love never fails. God never fails. This is Divine love – the grace of divine love is the purest and highest of all God’s gifts. Everything is motivated by love.
St. Catherine added her own wisdom as we read in her Dialogues, “Love transforms one into what one loves.” I was drawn to this quote as much for the quote itself as for the reflection by Cora Evans. Since everything is created in love and for love, then we are Love, with a capital “L”, itself.
So, by growing in love, we grow into Love – which is at the heart of the Christian disciple’s life and a call for all of us.
We are taught that faith, hope, and love are three gifts that are ours throughout all eternity, and that the greatest of these, the ultimate gift, is love. Love is the engine that drives our spiritual lives and that we pursue throughout our lives. Once we find these gifts in our lives, we can be those disciples of Christ, because we will be Love.
I came across of reference to faith, hope, and love being referred to as the “three divine sisters.” What an image – three beautiful sisters joined together, holding hands, dancing in a circle. I questioned, if the greatest of these “sisters” is love, what happens to faith and hope? Faith and hope are always there, helping love to grow. Isn’t it God’s grace, though, that shows us that Christ’s love is the greatest gift? Faith and hope bring us to love, which is forever.