Definitions of love:
- An intense affection for or attachment to another person based on regard or shared experiences or interests
- A feeling of kindness of brotherhood to others.
How to Love?
The following is a story written by Mary, a volunteer with Missionaries of Charity. It shows people expressing love to children:
“A group of us went to Albania a while ago, and visited the sisters there. We heard about a home for handicapped children and so went to see them -- but it was just a disaster. Apparently, the place had been given loads and loads of aid, but every time this happened, the people in the area came and ransacked it because they also need things. Also what struck me was that there was a lot of stuff being flown in and there were warehouses packed full of aid, but it wasn’t getting to the people.
So we went back with a box of apples and made a point of giving one to each child because we knew that if we just left the box, probably the other people in the area would also need the apples for their children and the ones in the orphanage might not get them.”
Love has no meaning if it isn’t shared. Love has to be put into action. You have to love without expectation, to do something for love itself, not for what you may receive. If you expect something in return, then it isn’t love because true love is loving without conditions and expectations.
“Mother Teresa A Simple Path,” Lucinda Vardey
Ways to Put Love in Action
- If you think something nice - say it!
- Give someone you know a hug or smile.
- Practice random acts of kindness.
“The greatest happiness is the conviction that we are loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
- Victor Hugo, Les Miserables