By Gina Weiss
When one loves, one does not calculate.
– St. Therese of Lisieux
Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). In our culture today, it would be very fitting to ask, “What is love?”
On Catholic Answers Live Dr. Edward Sri discussed the true nature and meaning of love. He referred to a quote from St. Thomas Aquinas that’s included in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “To love is to will the good of another” (CCC #1766).
Dr. Sri said that love often has to rise above feelings, particularly when raising children. Love is a commitment to another more than a comfortable or exciting feeling.
He said that the color of love is not the color of Valentine’s Day – pink. It’s the color of Lent – purple. During Lent we call to mind the love of Jesus and His sacrifice for us.
Dr. Sri also pointed out that the average love song today is about feelings, emotions or sexual pleasure. Think about that. If, through entertainment, the culture is telling us over and over again that this is what love is all about, we can start to believe it.
How many songs on the radio talk about sacrifice and willing the good of the other? How about songs celebrating married life and the romance in it? Our culture makes marriage seem boring, showing that one needs to be single to experience powerful and amazing love.
Let’s pray that all married couples are examples of true love to inspire others to see the beauty in the sacrament and the joys of living a life of faithful love, always willing the good of their spouse.
This episode of Catholic Answers Live aired at 7 pm Eastern on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
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