Act of Love
Oh my God, I love you above all things,
With my whole heart and soul, because you are worthy of all my love.
I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.
I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all
Whom I have injured. Amen
“It is no small thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” Charles Dickens
We love our kids so much! It is hard to imagine loving anything more. They bring so much joy to our lives and they inspire us to mature, to stay positive, to achieve, to find patience and good judgement, to build a secure home and develop wisdom. The list of ways we strive to be better for our children is endless. They are so dependent on us for everything and the pressure to take care of them can feel like more than we can handle. It is a lot of responsibility. Love is HUGE. It is the virtue that makes us the most like our loving God. To love the way Jesus loves should be the goal of parenting. Love is self- sacrificing. Just ask any Mom or Dad who has been up all night with a sick child and then finds the strength to go to work the next day. We know in order to provide for our family we must soldier on. We find the energy and we persevere. How? Because we are made to love. Love is bigger than us. It is our connection to the divine.
As a theological virtue, love is an habitual and firm disposition to seek to become like the Lord in concrete situations, loving God and our neighbor, and giving us the spiritual freedom of the children of God (CCC 1803, 1822, 1828). Further, one of the words for “love” in Latin is “caritas,” from which the word “charity” is derived, and so to love is also the self-sacrifice of giving yourself freely, willing and seeking the good of another (CCC 1766).
This week at school, we will begin to pray the Act of Love at morning prayer. It is one of the prayers each of us should memorize. To act in love, to live in love and to receive love is the best way to spend our days. Just maybe, if we love enough, we will find our way to sainthood. At the very least, loving our people, the way God loves, builds beautiful relationships and happy children of God.
Anne Atkin, Principal
Sacred Heart School
Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.
Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.