‘Love communicates’

Pope Francis hugs a group of children June 25 at the end of his last Wednesday General Audience before the summer stop of July. In July, the pontiff will lead only Mass and the Angelus. — Credit: Claudi Peri/ANSA

Pope Francis focused his daily homily for the Feast of the Sacred Heart on the nature of love between God and his people.

“There are two aspects to this love. First, love is more about giving than receiving. Second, love is more about actions than words,” the pope said during his June 27 daily Mass in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse.

The Holy Father described how this feast celebrates the love God has for us in his son, Jesus Christ.

“When we say it’s more about giving than receiving, it’s because love communicates, it always communicates,” the pope said. “And it’s received by the one who is loved. And when we say that it’s more about actions than words, it’s because love always generates life and makes us grow.”



Pope Francis then said the type of relationship God wants with us is like that between a father and his child. In order to better understand God’s love we must become like small children so that he can caress us and tell us that he is by our side.

“This is the tenderness of our Lord and of his love; this is what he tells us and this gives us the strength to be tender,” he said. “If we feel we’re strong, we’ll never experience those caresses from the Lord, those caresses from Him that are so wonderful.”


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Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

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April 25, 2015

  • Saturday, April 25

    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

    5th Annual Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Junipero Serra High School, 14830 S Van Ness Ave., Gardena. Featuring classics, hot rods, and muscle cars as well as food, music, vendors and raffles. (310) 324-6675. la-serrahs.org.

    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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