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Unconditional Love: Parental Love

Ginny's First Holy CommunionUnconditional Love – I was blessed to have two wonderful parents, who were married for 54 years prior to my father’s passing in 1999. My mother died 28 weeks later. (The photo was taken at my First Communion in 1965, at age 8). For the first 42 years of my life, they were living examples of parental love to me. They loved me unconditionally, as all parents do so well.

I did not come from a wealthy family. My father worked in a printer’s shop, and my mother was a stay-at-home mom, until I turned 10 years of age. In those first ten years of my life, I required numerous surgeries on my feet, because I was born with severe clubbed feet (a curvature of bone structure from toes to pelvis). Back then, health insurance coverage wasn’t anything like it is today. My parents racked up a lot of debt to give me a better shot at life.  I remember my parents making comments about paying my orthopedic surgeon another $25 one month to pay down some of the debt incurred – all so that I might be able to walk with braces on my legs. Their sacrifice was blessed by God, with dividends, considering that today I can walk without braces! Such a sacrifice made, all because of unconditional love; a love for which I will be eternally grateful.

That unconditional love from my parents helped me to connect with God’s unconditional love for me. God too, just like my parents, sacrificed for me. He sacrificed His own Son on the Cross for my soul – God loves me that much! Again, such a sacrifice made, all because of unconditional love; a love for which I will be eternally grateful.

All parents possess that unique quality of God – unconditional love. To experience that kind of love is one of God’s greatest gifts, and a part of His plan for each of us. To return that love unconditionally to God is the greatest gift we can give Him.

Family Love – How it fulfills God’s Plan. We’ll discuss familial love in our next reflection on the virtue of Love. Don’t miss it!

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10 Responses to Unconditional Love: Parental Love

  • What a wonderful story! My story is very different. Because of it, I had to learn to trust God. And it is still sometimes a struggle. Sigh.

    I still have trouble feeling WORTHY. But, like I said, I’m a work in progress.

    I am thankful that I am a different parent than mine were.

    Blessings,
    Em

    • Emily: I can so relate to your comment about feeling worthy. Although I had the unconditional love of my parents, I suffered greatly in school from verbal abuse from my classmates – a scarring experience, that has made me feel like I always need to prove myself to colleagues and others. Read my Loving One’s Enemies post found in the Charity archives. It’s there that I tell the story about what it was like growing up.

  • We often take for granted the gifts that others have suffered to give us, especially Christ’s.
    Your post makes me remember in a new way how blessed I am to have had parents who layed the foundation of unconditional love despite their flawed humanness. I pray that I can do the same for mine.

    I read your Virtues Guide. I liked it. I’ll send you an email about it later

    Lori

    • Lori: I’m glad you liked the post. Interesting comment you make about flawed humanness, yet we can comprehend unconditional love, in spite of that. God’s perfect unconditional love is infinitely more gracious, and powerful; that much more gentle and merciful! Oh, how blessed we all are for that gift!

  • Thanks I will read it.
    I will tell my story some day.
    I am not sure folks are ready to hear it. lol

  • Our flight was getting close to landing. It’s always the toughest part of flying. In a seat in front of me a mother was holding her little baby up over her head as the child admired the brightness of the reading lights with enraptured delight. Mom held the baby firm around her waist secure, while I prayed prayers for a happy death, if these were my last moments alive. I desire the trusting faith that this baby had in the sure hands of her mother.

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