Archive for June 11th, 2021


Written by Gary Chapman, a contemporary author, speaker, and counselor. This is an excerpt from his book “Love as a Way of Life.”

Our newspapers and television screens are filled daily with reports of our inhumanity toward one another, much of it perpetrated in the name of religion or out of personal greed. Watch any talk show and you will see that we have lost the art of meaningful dialogue. Any news program will remind us that we have little respect for those who disagree with us. Politicians and religious leaders seem to be in attack mode most of the time and rarely are willing to listen to one another. I believe that not only does love stand a chance in the world, but in fact it is our only choice. If we can come to respect one another as fellow humans who need one another and choose to look out for one another’s well-being, the potential for good is unlimited. If we fail to do so, we shall lose our dignity and we shall use the technological advances of the last fifty years to destroy one another. If we are going to solve the problems in our global society, we need the respect and meaningful dialogue that flow from love.

Is buying a homeless woman a bowl of soup or taking your daughter to the park or driving a co-worker to the mechanic when his car breaks down really going to make a difference in the world? The answer is an overwhelming yes. We might have loftier ideas of what it means to love, such as making a grand sacrifice of time or money or even giving our lives, but why should we be willing to die for someone when we won’t fill up the gas tank for her? Every trait of authentic love begins with small things. If all of us become authentic lovers, we can make a difference in a world of turmoil. Love is not only realistic but our only hope of survival.


Written by Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and Christian theologian.

O fountain of love,

love our friends and teach them to love you with all their hearts,

that they may think and speak and do

only what is pleasing to you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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