The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's a thing called love!

If you were to survey any group of people and asked them what they would prefer from someone, love or material things, I believe the majority would indicate the later. The greatest commandment calls us to love God and one another, so there must be something about this thing called love.

We all want to be loved by someone during the course of our lives here on earth, whether we admit it or not. As we think back to the ten commandments passed down to us by Moses, the first commandment is one that the majority (if not all of us) break on a regular basis: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength." Let's think about it for a minute; if you loved God with your whole heart, then you probably wouldn't sin and hurt Him.

A priest once asked his students, if they would ever cheat on their wife when they got married. The boys responded with a resounding "no" so the priest asks why; is it because it's a commandment and they reply "no." The reason they would not cheat on their wives is because they love her and would not want to hurt her. Well that's how our love should be for God and one another. Just imagine how little crime there would be if we all show a small bit of love towards our fellow brothers and sisters?

Children growing up crave that little thing call love from their parents and relatives close to them. There are numerous children who have been raised in wealthy homes where money was never and object, yet there is still something that they crave, yet they settle for what they assume to be love (the material things they receive). As parents it is important that we constantly express to our children how much we love them.

Our children are never too old to hear those words "I love you," just as you would tell your spouse or significant other. Never underestimate the power of those three words. In our home I insist on hugging, kissing my children and letting them know how much I love them as much as I can. As long as they continue to hear it and know how warmth, trust and affection feels, then there would be no need for them to seek it from someone else; someone who will only take advantage of their vulnerabilities.

It becomes very difficult for a child to express love when they get older if they were never exposed to it in its truest form as a child. Again, love is not how many toys and electronic games you can give your children or the number of jewelry pieces you can give your spouse. It's portrayed in the subtle expressions of affection we show each other during happy moments, sad moments and times of despair when one needs a listening ear.

Wives constantly complain that their husbands do not listen to them; the more she talks the deafer it seems that he gets. What's up with that? Ignorance shows a lack of love for the other person, as we completely ignore the needs of those we claim to love. Jesus said, if you loved me you would heed my words and keep my commandments. Do we do a good job at listening to Jesus?

So the next time you hear a family member asking a question or wanting to talk about their day, stop what you're doing and take that time to hear what they have to say. It may not be important to you, but it's important enough to them to want to sit and discuss it with you. In a time of uncertainty, remind them how much you love them, but most importantly how much God loves them. Remember it's a thing called love!

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