Love in the Family

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The following is from the December Newsletter from Archangel Michael in Broadview Hts.

Thank you Fr. John

1st CORINTHIANS – CHAPTER 13, Rewritten for the Christmas Season

  • If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.
  • If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.
  • If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
  • If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
  • Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
  • Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
  • Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your way.
  • Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.
  • Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
  • Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

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