From Mary Zimmerman
As I was pondering what my next article would be, Valentineís Day and Lent came to mind. But as the readings were exposed last Sunday at church (about love) I felt an urge to write on love. Actually I think Iíll combine the three. I think they will complement one another.
Lent is surely a time to gauge our love for God and one another. Love through prayer, action and deed. I do believe love goes beyond a feeling (sometimes we have it, sometimes we donít) into an action of doing a good deed for someone. That is proof of our love.
1 John 3:17-18 ďIf anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Let us not love with words or tongue, but with action and in truth.Ē
As a Catholic, make the effort to go to confession. This sacrament (too much neglected) is a powerful help to get rid of our weaknesses (bad habits - last night at Mass Father Jim called them demons). Grow in holiness and lead a balanced, virtuous life and such a great opportunity to make things right with God, turning from sin and leaning on God. Reading the obituaries in the news should help us realize we wonít have that opportunity forever. Godís grace will help us through our prayers or others praying for us.
Valentineís Day is just one day, 24 hours to share special love with family and friends. Lent is six weeks long, but set up a plan early so you will experience spiritual growth. Practice praying from the heart is a good start. Go the extra mile to make someone smile, wear your faith on your sleeve so others can come to believe.
Lent is such a wonderful time to discover just who God is and who we are in relationship to Him. We are all His sons and daughters. That makes God our Heavenly Father. Then we can visualize hearing these words: ďThis is my beloved child with whom I am well pleased.Ē
Lent also reminds us to do the works of mercy, to feed and clothe the poor and add love, no matter the age. To thrive depends on love. I admire parents who love their children so very much, I canít understand how some can abuse them, or even kill them as babies. Itís called abortion, another name - murder.
I think hate should be the least used word in the dictionary, unless you use it in expression of sin, evil and Satan. God says love your enemies.
So, my friends, let us greet each day by remembering Our Lord made it, to rejoice and be glad. Remember also the great importance of faith, hope and love, the greatest being love. Love one another.
P.S. As I just looked at the calendar I realized Ash Wednesday and Valentineís Day will be over by the time you read this, but Lent does last six weeks so all is well.