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What is love? This Valentine's Day, On Faith asked some of its most prolific panelists and bloggers to answer that question from their religious tradition.
Fr. Frank Pavone: St. John tells us, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us" (1Jn.3:16). To find the meaning of love, we look to God. What Christ did for us teaches us that love means self-giving. He gave Himself away on the cross, that we might live. Every Mass reminds us of this, as He again says, "This is My Body given up for you; this is My Blood, shed for you." These are the words of self-giving; these are the words of love.