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Reading the news or listening to the daily news can cause one to believe that love is among the missing. It surely is quite depressing to read or hear of the many tragedies occurring worldwide.

One wonders whatever happened to love. Sending valentines comes from a medieval belief that birds began to pair at this time. St. Valentine, who was martyred for his faith on Feb. 14, 270, (legend tells us) would send “love notes” to his associates and to his jailer’s daughter, who was in need of moral support and encouragement.

Love is a growing education that increases with understanding, honesty, patience and accepting the differences in cultures. Love should not be a power struggle, abusive, or demanding. Love is to be humble, learning that we don’t have all the answers when we ourselves are not perfect.

Love is giving of ourselves to our families, friends and our communities. Love is comforting a crying child, listening to their problems, nursing them through sickness, ever guiding and building up their confidence.

Love is visiting or calling a sick friend or relative. Love is a warm smile, a helping, caring hand to housebound lonely elders whose time weighs heavy for them each day. Love is a pastor tending to his flock; parents working hard, supporting their families; doctors and nurses tending to the sick; policemen and firefighters guarding and protecting their communities.

Love means being grateful for what we have, not envying our neighbor’s lot; to do our civic duty; and to speak up against unfairness and injustices. Love is alive and well in these and all persons trying to make a difference and a better world each day.

Love is shown when we let a grown child leave the nest and make their own decisions. Love is trusting you did your best with few mistakes and then finding a quiet place to rest awhile.

Our heavenly Father is total love, who sent his only son, Jesus, who was born for love, lived love and died proving his infinite love for all his Father’s children.

Yes, no matter the negative news we read or hear, love is alive and well. It grows deeper and larger each time we give of ourselves to others.

”May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another.” — 1 Thessalonians 3:12.

MARY A. RANNO

Shirley, MA

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