One hallmark of a holy person is being loving. That`s what struck me as I listened to Bo Sanchez in one of our homeschooling seminars. I really wanted to be a person who is overflowing with love, not just for her loved ones but for all people, for all creation, and most of all for God. But the thing is it`s hard to love, especially those people who are different from me. And when I say love, it is the unselfish, unattached, unconditional kind oflove.
I learned that my spiritual journey and my relationship with Christ must transform me into becoming a loving person. Paul has emphasized this when he said that, “three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.” And in Corinthians he also wrote, “If I have the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but have no love, I would be nothing.”
To become a loving person is not a goal to aspire for, not a mission to achieve for. For to be a loving person is a gift borne out of my continuous relationship with God. I recognize that I cannot love if I rely in my own strengths. For true love comes only from God.
How do I continue to relate with God? The daily life concerns would take my thoughts away from Him. As a resolve, I will ask for His help that I may stick faithfully to my spiritual practices such as reading my Bible daily and reflecting on His Words. I am also rediscovering the meanings of Sacraments in order for me to fully appreciate it. I`m afraid that I took the Sacraments forgotten, that I got lost with its routines and traditions. And as a Catholic, the Sacraments are the guiding posts of my faith. In this journey to love and with my relationship with Him, I will just do my best, and let God do the rest.