By Lorene Hanley Duquin
If you were looking at the month of February from a strictly secular perspective, you might think it was all about love. Gifts, cards, candy and decorations for Valentine’s Day have been in stores since the day after Christmas.
Maybe this is a good time to think about how this secular celebration of Valentine’s Day impacts our understanding of the real meaning of the word love.
Part of the problem is that the English language has many different interpretations for the word “love.” If we spoke Greek, the whole issue would be much clearer. For example:
February is a great month to think about the different kinds of love. It’s a great month to read the Gospels with a deeper understanding of what Jesus is teaching us about agape love. It’s a great month to ask God to fill us with agape love.
If we focus on agape love during February, by Ash Wednesday, we will have a deeper understanding of what Pope Benedict means when he prayed, “May Lent be for every Christian a renewed experience of love given to us in Christ.”
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