January 14, 2022

Wanted: Stories of people who show love for others in great and small ways

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not boastful or arrogant or jealous or rude. It does not seek its own way. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice in wrong-doing, but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor 13:4-7).

We all know people who live out this passage—some in obvious ways, but many through seemingly small or behind-the-scenes actions.

Maybe there’s someone in your parish who quietly but constantly volunteers at church, cooks meals for others or has a knack for making others feel welcomed.

Maybe you saw a child sit down to lunch with a student eating alone.

Maybe you know someone who started a charity; grandparents who adopted a grandchild; a couple or family who drives an elderly parishioner to Mass; a teacher who goes the extra mile; a priest or religious who always takes the time to listen.

For our monthly column “Love’s Litmus,” we’re looking for stories just like these, stories about people who—in obvious or quiet ways—live out 1 Cor 13:4-7.

The goal is to show the many ways, grand or simple, that we can love one another and, by doing so, help bring about God’s kingdom.

Send your stories of people you know (near or far, Catholic or not) who exemplify that Scripture passage to Natalie Hoefer at nhoefer@archindy.org, or call 317-236-1486 or 800-932-9836, x. 1486. Include your parish and a daytime phone number where you may be reached. †

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