Prayer Moments: Love

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A short prayer experience from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups

By Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. (1 Corinthians 13:4–6)

Share the love

God of love and light, love is the greatest of gifts. We witness great love in the world — parents’ love for their child, a fiancé’s love for their partner, a missionary’s love for the poor, the love you showed by dying for our sins. We pray today that we may be creators of love. We know that you have said to us, “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.” Help us, Lord, to be a beacon of light and love in the life of others.

  • What would the world be like if everyone loved one another?
  • Do we allow our problems to get in the way of loving others?
  • How did Jesus demonstrate his love to the world? Did it transform or change people?

Love God and love your neighbor

Dear Jesus, you summed up the Ten Commandments with the two great commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart … and your neighbor as yourself.” May we be open to the Holy Spirit so that we may always choose the way of love. As difficult as it may be at times, we know that the path of love that
you carved is the path for us to walk. Help us to be strengthened in faith so that we make decisions that are faithful to the life to which you call us.

  • Are we capable of loving the way Jesus calls us to love?
  • What does it mean to “love your neighbor as yourself”?
  • Why did Jesus sum up the Ten Commandments into the two commandments cited above?
Excerpted from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups, by Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi. Copyright 2016. Published by Twenty-Third Publications and available through Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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