Happy St. Valentine's Day, dear readers!
This morning I noticed a posting of Scripture by a friend's friend. After a night of very little sleep (pain is rugged but am forging forward, clinging to Jesus Christ!) and of renewing my Vow of Suffering (Feb. 13, 2000), the words of St. Paul in the Living Word seems just the truth, beauty, and goodness this nothing consecrated Catholic hermit needs to embrace!
I can hover over each "love-is" and "love-is-not", and then reflect upon any aspects of my day, even, in which the love of God in Himself and the love of others has fallen short. One other thought that the Holy Spirit put into my thoughts today is that while I forgive others, have I forgiven myself?
No, in many instances of life errors or life sins, or life well-intentioned attempts gone awry--I had not forgiven myself. I ask the Lord to forgive me; I ask others to forgive me. But I had not accepted God's love for me enough to consider it is past due time to forgive myself. God certainly has in His loving union and embrace--and many times over.
We all recognize the following--rather "famous"--Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Yet do we apply each consideration to our personal lives, in the present moment, or reflect upon how we may have applied or not applied them to situations? Also, it can be helpful to utilize the Living Word as a means of discerning relationships--loving, not so loving, insecure and needing more prayer.
"Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always hopes, always perseveres."
And on this Valentine's Day, as on every day, let us take some heartfelt time and heartfelt desire to tell others how much we love them, and also to tell God with all our body, mind, heart and soul--how much we LOVE HIM in Himself, as God Is Love!
Much love to each of you and to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Much love to all our heavenly friends, protectors, guides--angels and soul personages! God bless His Real Presence in us!