The words ‘love’ and ‘affection’ are synonymous with the Roman Catholic faith. The Bible teaches people what love is, and how to demonstrate it to all people in every way. The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit promotes showing love and affection to all those who are around you.
If you’re interested to learn how love is taught and practiced within Catholicism, find out more about the importance placed on love.
How Catholicism Defines Love
The Roman Catholic faith teaches that there are many kinds of love, but none is more important than ‘agape’ which is the love of God, or of the supernatural. Your parish teaches you about the importance of loving God, and how to draw on Him, particularly in times of need and gratitude.
Agape is not just a feeling, as it comes directly from God. Feelings can change and end, but agape is infinite.
There are also other kinds of love, such as ‘storge’, which is natural affection, ‘eros’: sexual desire, and ‘philia’, which is friendship. You will experience these types of love every day with your friends, children, spouses and other family members. However, Catholicism teaches that you should love all those around you, even people you don’t know, and every action should come from a place of love.
Demonstrating Love and Affection
There are ways you can show love and affection at all times, though your actions should vary depending on the type of love you wanting to give.
To demonstrate your love for God, make sure to attend services, such as mass and Latin mass. Pray on a daily basis, to show thankfulness and send positive feelings to others. Attending services and praying will allow you to keep a direct communication with God, and show Him that you’re following His teachings and traditions.
Spend quality time with your spouse. Tell them that you love them and appreciate them, build a family together and do loving things. Share wisdom with your children, care for them and be thankful for them. Give back to your communities by offering your time, money or skills to help someone else be better off.
There are many things that you can do and say to demonstrate your love and affection for all things. If you need guidance on how to lead a more loving life, speak to a priest in your parish.
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