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As I say, love is what gives meaning to life. Unfortunately the word itself has been so demeaned. "I love chocolate"; " I love my mother"!
To me, love always means putting the other person's interest before my own.

Last week a man was drowned from his boat in bad weather off the coast of Clare. The local Coast Guard Volunteers have spent the last week searching for his body. On Monday their own boat capsized in heavy seas and one of the crew, a mother of two children, was drowned. Two other crew members were taken to hospital.

This tragedy, to me, expressed true love. One does not have to be a Catholic, a Christian, or a believer in any God. The action of this woman was an expression of real love. Christ himself said:  "A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

This was love in action. Last Sunday, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was held up to us as an example of love in action. We need to be continually reminded of the importance of love in our lives. This is what gives meaning to life.  


Yes. It's going the extra mile in a practical way, isn't it?

but love can be in very little ways also
i remember seeing a little saying somewhere
"Love is putting the cap back on the toothpaste"
How very sad about both the fisherman and the Coast Guard Volunteer.

I agree - that new commandment is the most powerful - and most challenging, I think, too.
Yes! I agree!
Such a tragedy for her family. Her children have reason to be proud of her but I can imagine they will miss her dearly.

Some activities carry a risk, but she was obviously honouring her desire to help others and being true to herself. No one ever goes into something expecting to die (unless they are a soldier sent off to war and even then ...)