The Church On Love 1b of 3
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In my previous video, The Church On Love, Sexuality, And Marriage. Video 1 Of 3 http://catholicfamilyman.com/2013/05/07/the-church-on-love-sexuality-and-marriage-video-1-of-3/ , I tried to set the stage, the foundation for discussing sexuality and marriage in an exploration in to the nature of love. In that video I wanted to emphasize the fact that love is action, placing another's betterment before ourselves. After posting the video I received an email that pointed out that I may have inferred that the verb love is devoid of feeling. If I left that impression, I apologize for nothing could be further from the truth! When we love one another, laying down our lives for another, we are loving Christ (Mathew 25:40) and Christ says in turn "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him." - John 14:23. When we love the Holy Spirit dwells within us in a special way and we are drawn closer to the beatific vision of Heaven itself. Such encounters, through the power and mystery of love, encounters with God who is love, cannot help but give rise to deep feelings of joy and happiness. Yes, there may be times of sadness and darkness, that is part of our human condition. But they are temporal and the deep joy of knowing Gods presence, of knowing God's love and being blessed to be a vessel of Gods love is eternal and see us through those dark times. One need only look at the Apostle Paul. Imprisoned and awaiting execution by a Roman government that persecuted him for his faith Paul was nonetheless filled with a deep joy born of his faith and his love for God's people. Some of his most uplifting and inspiring writings in the New Testament came while in prison because as he served, as he loved, willing to lay down his life out of love for God and God's people he was drawn closer to Christ. In the following video I try to briefly address, and correct, any misperceptions around this. We are an Easter people. We know even in the darkest of times there is hope, resurrection, and ultimately joy. So go out and love! Know the deep joy that can only come from love.
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