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Discussion related to living as a Catholic in the single state of life. As long as a topic is being discussed from the perspective of a single Catholic then it will be on-topic.

Tobias and Sarah's story is from the Book of Tobit, and his journey is guided by Saint Raphael.
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Sep 14th 2013 new
Ok, so now I am digging into an old shoe box:

Our Sunday Visitors Catholic Encyclopedia entry on "Love" defines it as:

[A]ny strong affection, closeness, or devotion to things or persons. The Greeks distinguished four types of love: storge, philia, eros, and agape.

STORGE, familial love, is a word for the bond that exists between one who loves and persons, animals, and the things that surround him. It is compatible with quite a bit of taken-for-grantedness or even of hatred at

PHILIA pertains to friends, freely chosen because of mutual compatibility and common values.

EROS is passion, not only of a sexual nature, but also of an aesthetic or spiritual nature, for what is conceived of as supremely beautiful and desirable.

AGAPIC love is manifested when one person has much to give to another more needy. It is generous self-donation without concern for reward.

Such distinctions become especially important in discernments about marriage, because the strength of EROS love may blind one to the absence of other types of love needed to experience a good Christian bond that, with Gods grace, can endure "till death do us part."
Sep 14th 2013 new
(quote) John-971967 said: I liked this:
Beautifully written. I really liked these parts of the article, "St. Paul reminds us, too, that love can withstand any pressure, is always full of hope, and can last through any crisis." "Just think about how much you would love a person who is never impatient with you, who is always kind, who never loses their temper, is always courteous, doesn't brood, and always puts your best interests ahead of their own."

Wow, now that would be amazing and such a welcomed change. My thoughts are that we should provide this type of love in order to receive it.. though it doesn't always work that way. Great article John, thanks for sharing it. :)
Sep 14th 2013 new
Thanks again, John. I actually remember reading that before. I think I may have some thoughts of Philia toward you. wide eyed Geeze.. that sounds rather odd. laughing
Sep 14th 2013 new
(quote) Mary-976718 said: Thanks again, John. I actually remember reading that before. I think I may have some thoughts of Philia toward you. Geeze.. that sounds rather odd.
laughing Well, it's mutual, my sista'!!!

In Christ, always!
Sep 14th 2013 new
(quote) Marge-938695 said: the roller coaster emotions are just the icing on the cake of real devotion.
roller coaster, as in up and down in a wavy kind of way?
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