AnnieKO'Connor

Valentine’s Day

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“There is someone I love, even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept, though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive, though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is me.”

—C. S. Lewis

I do not always love myself this way, but often I do. It is this love to which Jesus is referring when he says to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” If I cannot always love myself this way, surely I will fail to love my neighbor this way. But still, this is the second greatest commandment: love people when I don’t approve of what they do; accept them even though some of their thoughts and actions revolt me; forgive though they may hurt the people I love most.

Jesus does not give us the leniency to love only our friends this way but requires us also to love our enemies this way. And that is a tall order.

Today is St. Valentine’s Day. Let us remember it is a holy day, and let us also remember to love.

Some of our neighbors are in need:

http://www.charitywater.org/

http://www.care.org/

http://sandyrelief.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_charitable_foundations

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