What is Love?
Love is something that has been talked about since the dawn of Man. Our music, TV, magazines, and everything in our culture talk about love. We use the term “love” for everything and at times, the concept is over used. For example, we say we “love pizza,” we “love our car,” or we “love our romantic partner.”
Love is so much more than these generic concepts in our culture.
St. Paul, in scripture, gives us a beautiful analysis of what love is when he wrote:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
St. John expands upon what love is when he declares:
“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.” (1 John 4:7-11)
Pope Francis articulated the importance of love when he gave his 2019 World Youth Day Vigil speech in Panama, when he declared: ”Only love makes us more human, not fights, not bullying, not studies on their own: only love makes us more human and fulfilled; everything else is a pleasant but useless placebo.”
As we can see from St. Paul, St. John, and Pope Francis, love is something far deeper. Love is not some “pie in the sky” concept. The Greeks beautifully divided love into 4 categories: Eros, Storge, Philia, and Agape. This series will explore these four types of love in greater detail. Come, ManHusbandDad, and let us together go on a journey, and learn more on how we men can truly be loving in our world today. Our society today, has forgotten how to live out the Twelve Righteous Virtues whose foundation and culmination is Love. Love today has been distorted into a selfish expression, and it is my hope that these articles on the discussion of what is truly love, will help restore our society into embracing the source of all Love: the Blessed Trinity. May the Divine Love of Jesus Christ, in His most Blessed Sacred Heart, continue to guide and bless you as we explore this together.
Tell me what Love is to you?
Nicholas Kovacs, OFS
HOO™ Writer | Catechist | Independent Author
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