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From The Chaplain's Desk
September 2008 Chaplain's Corner

By Amy Whitcomb, State Chaplain

  SEPTEMBER 2008 --

Now as we have those last few hot days of summer and we come into the cooler days of fall we turn our hearts toward the home and our families.  Many emotions fill our lives and our hearts.  One of these is love.  Love has been the subject of myth and poetry, as well as the source and meaning four countless lives.  The idea of love has left a wider imprint upon the development of human culture than any other single notion.  Many great figures have argued that love is the single most important force in the universe that brings it to its proper end.
The religious point is something more profound.  A love that is vaster, more stable and more encompassing, as Saint Paul said “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.”  We too should cherish all living beings, treating the whole world with unobstructed loving kindness.  This spiritual love is far more profound and deeper than the romantic love that is almost the sole focus of our culture.  This is what Christianity sees as universal love.  We need to practice this love in our lives as we relate to our fellow beings.  Kindness is far more profound than anger. 

We can all cultivate love through our prayer time and relation with God.


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