Thursday, May 14, 2020

My latest column: “Love Is Holy Because God Is Love“

 Love Is Holy Because God Is Love

May 13, 2020
Our Lady’s month of May is a popular month also for weddings. The “flowers of the fairest” about which we sing when using them to crown our Lady in traditional May devotions are also sought for nuptial festivities, as are all things bright and beautiful. If you grew up with parents who got married in May as I did, then you inevitably think of May as a marriage month.
May is also a time when the weather begins to become more pleasant for outdoor activities. Although this year on Mother’s Day weekend in my locale, the temperatures dipped back down into the thirties for a few nights after tantalizing us with highs in the fifties.
My niece and her fiancé had a May wedding planned. She’s a nurse and has been working with COVID patients and so is in the thick of the pandemic, the reaction to which has upended her plans and those of many others.
We are hoping to celebrate the ceremony at my parish on time but, of course, much pared down to conform to health restrictions. They are planning another Mass and the reception for family and friends later in the summer. The two are intentional Catholics and desire the sacrament most of all. Their love for each other includes the Lord.
It is often said that “God is love.” Many do not as often take the next step and say also what is true, that love is “holy.” Love is holy because God is holy.
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