Love begins with contact, online or offline. I have several personal friends who met strangers online, developed relationships, and have been happily married for a decade or more to persons they met online. One happy couple met playing cards online. Those relationships are worth a thousand other Facebook Friends. The key is that they turned contacts into relationships.
“The Greatest of These is Love”
Love is more precious than any material things. My parents set a wonderful example of love for each other, for their children, and for many other people. I will always remember the following passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, quoted at my mother’s funeral:
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing…Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…these three endure: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13