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A Reprise of St. Valentine’s Day

I don’t know whether you’ve ever read any of Pope Francis’ writings.  He’s very down to earth and practical in what he says.  So I thought I’d share what he had to say to all the young folks (I would suppose most of them were young) on the  feast of St. Valentine.  Ten thousand engaged couples from […]

Love is fidelity

Flagler Beach sunrise / bob traupman. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE! We’ve been reflecting on St. Paul’s eloquent words about love from I Corinthians 13. Love  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Romantic love may wear off in […]

Love Transforms Us

Dear Friends, We’ve been talking about St. Paul’s Ode to Love (1 Corinthians 13) ~ the awesome love that transforms. But many of us don’t know how to love in a way that transforms because we’re more interested in getting love than giving it. So, let’s think about that for a moment. Many young folks in our society have […]

Jilted lovers

mesa verde national park of southern colorado / march 2008 / bob traupman.  Dear Sisters and Brothers, Our society finds it quite acceptable for people to hop into one relationship after another or just satisfy their needs by”hooking up”. How many times have young people thought that this was the person of their dreams and […]

Love is kind

Dear Friends and Lovers everywhere, “Love is patient, love is kind.” We’re in a series of reflections based on St. Paul’s Ode to Love (I Cor. 13) You’ve seen the bumper sticker that says, “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” We would transform America inside out if we just were a […]

Thinking of Life and Love and the Man from Tennessee

Dear Friends and Lovers everywhere, I had a delightful conversation with these two good people from Tennessee a summer or two ago while I was living in St. Augustine.   Or was it Kentucky?  (I have difficulty remembering which is which.)  They were sitting on the curb behind the Village Inn.  The conversation began with […]

Ode to Love

Many of us are thinking of our Valentine’s these days — our lovers,  intend-eds, spouses, classmates, mothers . . .  At least Halmark would have us “send the very best.” So, what is love? I’ve officiated at the marriages of many young couples  over the nearly 45 years of my priesthood who’ve chosen  St. Paul’s […]