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A Virtues ValentineFebruary 14, 2015
Valentine's Day is a celebration that occurs in many parts of the world. It is a special chance to show our love to each other with cards, candy, flowers or special words and acts of love.
It presents a fresh opportunity to cleanse our minds and hearts of every judgment, critical thought or negative emotion, every doubt, fear, disappointment or worry, and to fill every cell of our being with that Divine virtue which is the cause and purpose of life -- namely Love.
Spend this Valentine's day being a fountain of love, a sea of love to all who are in your presence. Give loving smiles and hugs, and send positive thoughts to loved ones who are far away. Let them know not only that you love them, but what you love about them. Tell your loved ones the virtues you treasure in them – their courage, their kindness, their gentleness, their humor, their wisdom, their love.
Mother Theresa, a Catholic nun who was a healer and caregiver amongst the poor of India, was the embodiment of love. She said, "Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor . . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."
A relationship, particularly with our intimates, is a crucible which shapes our souls. There is a wonderful description of love and its many elements in 1 Corinthians: 13. It says that no matter what powers we possess, without love, we are nothing. It gives us the do's and don'ts of love. "Love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends…And now faith, hope and love abide, these three, and the greatest of these is love." What a powerful thought. Love is even greater than Faith. It is a far deeper and more challenging virtue than we may think. It is much more than a feeling. It is a way of being. It is, like any virtue, a way to think, to see, to speak, and to act. It is the greatest investment we can ever make in the happiness of others and our own as well.