"Do you have time to get on the floor and play with your son, your daughter? This is big. Never lose this. Know how to spend time with your children. This language of love is able to transmit all the values of the faith."
"Love means loving the unlovable - or it is no virtue at all."
On Loved Ones:
"Before she died (1973), my cousin Monica sent me a book. It was a copy of King Lear. (unexpectedly found), which had belonged to my own mother (d. 1937).... In the list of characters in the play, there were two left-handed check marks ( ), one before Edmund, one before Goneril. Edmund says, "This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune -- often of the surfeit of our own behavior -- we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion...." An eerie feeling this -- that one's own mother, who died when you were nine, must have been left-handed, that she too read Shakespeare, once upon a time, that by checking Edmund, that she reminded her son many years later of our foibles and pretenses, of his own, even. The left-handed check is, I think, the only thing I possess indicating my mother's mind. Photos, of which I have a few, do not do this. No letters, no words survive. Those who loved us disappear silently. "
Love and forgiveness cannot be separated. To truly love, you must forgive. To turly forgive, you must love. Forgive and move forward to a life of true love. - Unknown
"I appeal to you, young people - you the hope of our country, you the joy of our country, bring the joy and peace in our homes, in our country, and we will be able to be the sunshine of God's love in the whole world. Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier" - Mother Teresa
And this journey of coming to know God, of loving relationship with God is the extraordinary adventure of our Christian life; for in Christ we know the face of God, the face of God that loves us even unto the Cross, unto the gift of himself." -- Benedict XVI, "True Freedom," Discourse at St. John at the Lateran, February 20, 2009.