When was the last time you looked at somebody without flinching and let them know you love them? Was it a relative? A friend? A girlfriend or a boyfriend?
Love. Everybody in their lives has encountered love eventually, whether they were loved or wrecked by love.
Love seems to be the underlying goal that we all strive to have in our lifetime. It is the one thing that we have in common. But there are many sorts of love…
Over the span of our lives, we most likely tell people that we love them. However, the significance of those three basic words changes, relying on whom they are directed at.
Perhaps the most essential kind of love is unconditional. It’s about sharing, caring, and comforting – regardless of the situation. This affection is the most grounded and most genuine of all adoration. It fabricates the most steadfast foundation between two or more people.
We receive love for the first time upon our birth: while at a hospital, surrounded by our family and loved ones. Family love is always unconditional. Families build up an intimate connection with each other and I believe having a loving family is one of the most important things in life.
This unconditional kind of love, points to a perfect kind of love.
The Amoris Laetitia or “The Joy of Love” reminded me of a Greek-type-of love: ‘Storge and Pragma’
Storge refers to the love a parent has for a child. It’s the kind of easy bond that naturally forms between parents and their children and sometimes between siblings or between a husband and a wife.
While Pragma, refers to the love between a married couple which develops over a long period of time. The love which endures in sickness and in health.
According to the book, marriage is really important – a loving family starts with loving parents in a loving marriage. It’s important, not just the word itself and the contracts, vows, gowns, etc. “Marriage is a lifetime commitment. It’s all about love and respect for your spouse.”
Amoris Laetitia, the post-synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis, serves as a significant reflection on the reality of family life in contemporary society.
It is all about love for family and love for God – it basically sums up ‘complete love.’ Altruism. (Written by: Chrisia Alviar, Letran Manila – Communication Arts)