May 22, 2013: Have You Ever Been in Love?

~ by Mary Galvano


Have you ever been in love? The kind of love that can move mountains is the kind of love our Father in heaven freely gives us. He is in love with us. There is no greater love than His. But are we truly in love with our heavenly Father? If we are, then we should want to be with Him at every moment.

Love is obedience. Jesus clearly proved that. He was obedient to the Father because of His perfect love. To be true disciples we must also be obedient to God by doing His will and showing love towards others even our enemies. In hearing a recent homily about love from a monsignor, he said, “We must not have the word hate in our vocabulary, not towards humans, animals or anything, not even towards the weather by saying you hate the weather today. Say you don’t care for it, but not hate. Hate is not a word of love and we must all be love. Hate means you wish someone or something to go to hell.”

A lady came up to me one time before Mass, I was getting ready to Cantor the Mass, and she noticed the reserved signs for the First Holy Communion children on the pews and she asked, “What awful thing do we have to sit through today? I hope Mass won’t be longer today. It is too long as it is.” Then she proceeded to say that she checked the hymns for the day and not one of them is good. I wanted to say what was really on my mind, a few years younger and I would have, but instead I took a deep breath and just smiled.

There was no convincing to do. Besides, just showing love and not giving an answer back can be more powerful than words. It gives the other person time to reflect on what he or she said. All I know is when you love God and the Eucharist, and believe in the Eucharist, attending Mass will fill your heart with joy. When you are in love with someone, time spent together is never too long.

Love isn’t always easy nor does it mean that it will keep us close together, but God made it possible for us to be close to Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. His love penetrates each of us through His amazing Spirit! This is the same spirit that transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ! It is the Holy Spirit that dwells in each of us so that we may bring God’s love to others.

We are all connected because of the power of the Holy Spirit. Even when we are far apart from loved ones, maybe they are in another country or deceased, we can still remain close through the Holy Spirit. It is through the Spirit we that we can communicate. Have you ever felt you knew someone you never met? This is real. The Holy Spirit increases love and we need to bring this love into our aching world. The world desperately needs love.

Let us pray together, “Come Holy Spirit, Come!” Pray it often throughout the day. It is a powerful prayer. And watch how your life will increase in love. Not the romantic love that can fade away but real, genuine, whole-hearted love.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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