Words about love and mending hearts for Valentine’s weekend



4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails.

Source: 1 Corinthians 13 – NIV – Bible Study Tools





“To love another is to will what is really good for him. Such love must be based on truth.

A love that sees no distinction between good and evil, but loves blindly merely for the sake of loving, is hatred, rather than love.

To love blindly is to love selfishly, because the goal of such love is not the real advantage of the beloved but only the exercise of love in our own souls.”

Thomas Merton  quote

(Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is considered the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century)



In a previous post, my friend Bob Peragallo, a retired pastor and Marine Vietnam  veteran, shared his take on love.

a Veteran of  the VietNam war now dishes out love

Bob serves on the Board of Directors of Vets with a Mission (VWAM) , providing humanitarian aid to  Vietnam. One of VWAM’s projects is sponsoring life-saving heart surgery for children through its Children’s Heart Surgery Program.



Children's Heart Surgery Project

Children needing heart surgery are identified on exam during mission trip clinics.


Tuesday Travels- Vietnam Veterans Building Medical Clinics In Country

This week a team organized by VWAM, Vets With a Mission, is working in VietNam. Led by our friends Chuck and Joette Ward, the team is treating patients in a clinic built by another humanitarian organization, now supported by VWAM. My husband and I were unable to join the team this year, but I am linking to their blog so you can see first hand what they do and why.

“Sometimes reconciliation, forgiveness and charity are not the easiest things to do. But faith helps one put all of this is perspective, and when done so it makes everything possible. This is a good thing, and the essence of the Gospel. Doesn’t it say to “Love your neighbor as yourself?” (Romans 13:9)”

via Vietnam Veterans Humanitarian NGO Medical ClinicsVets With A Mission Blog | Humanitarian NGO – Vietnam Veterans Building Medical Clinics In Country.

VWAM CEO Chuck Ward, VietNam veteran, on a previous trip

VWAM CEO Chuck Ward, VietNam veteran, on a previous trip