Happy Valentine's Day!
As we focus on LOVE, let's remember the connection between faith and love. Where there is no faith, love cannot flourish. Love, like faith, demands confidence without assurance. As with all spiritual reality, certainty is not the point; rather faith goes beyond reason and evidence, and Scripture states that love is even above these (1 Cor. 13).
For those who need them, there are many simple proofs that love exists. In our daily lives we notice how a seed planted in the earthy soil grows into a colorful, fragrant flower. We touch or are touched by someone and new strength emerges. Tears are wiped away and smiles return with a sparkle in the eye. These are small examples of the miraculous power of love.
It takes faith to accept and become comfortable with the reality of love deep within our heart. A faith-full love is our experience of releasing the questioning about love's existence, and ceasing to require validation. Pascal stated: "Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is from God."
May our hearts be faithful in continually accepting God's gift of love!