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Is love real?

Nowadays, the word love is overused. People take for granted the true meaning of love. We may say … love the color of your hair, love your dress, love your car, love the way you walk, love your talk, etc.

Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
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... love one another as I have loved you
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Let’s go back and analyze the essence of love. What is the true meaning of love? Love is wanting good to come to another person; being concerned and willing to work for another person’s benefit.

Having said that … we are not expecting anything in return when we love someone; we have to love that someone with unconditional love as Jesus did.

Humans normally put condition when he or she wants something in return. This is not love. Love is a decision; an acceptance; a gift coming from above for us to receive. When we received that love coming from Jesus all things fall into place and everything follows.

If we want to practice that God given love then there is no barrier and we can accept one another, regardless of who we are, as what Jesus tells us to do as mentioned on his two greatest commandments “love God with all your heart with all your soul, with all your strength, and love one another as you love yourself.”

Some of us are searching for love and sometimes or most of the times we are searching in the wrong places?

Jesus said: “I have taught Prophets from the beginning and I continue to speak to all persons; but many have hardened their hearts and are deaf to my voice. Many prefer to listen to the world than to God, and to follow the desires of the flesh than the will of God. [Thomas A. Kempis]

Jesus makes charity the new commandment, by loving his own “to the end,” he makes manifest the Father’s love which he receives. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus which they themselves receive. Whence Jesus says: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.” And again: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” CCC 1823

Jesus knew and love us each and all during his life, his agony, and his Passion and gave himself up for each one of us: “The Son of God … love me and gave himself for me.” He has loved us all with a human heart. For this reason, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by our sins and for our salvation, “is quite rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that … love with which the divine Redeemer continually loves the eternal Father and all human beings” without exception. CCC 478

The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus Just as it invokes his most holy name. It adores the incarnate Word and his Heart which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins. Christian prayer loves to follow the way of the cross in the Savior’s steps. The stations from the Praetorium to Golgotha and the tomb trace the way of Jesus, who by his holy Cross has redeemed the world. CCC 2669

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