St. Clare once said: “We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become,” and it is so true! However, I fear that sometimes the people whom we claim to love are not always God’s best for us, as they may lead us into sin and temptation. I pray that my generation and I have the strength and proper discernment to continue relationships are in fact good for us, and to end those that are not.

Along with this, it is important to guard our hearts against the lies a throw-away culture places upon us. In a world where so much (i.e. materials and innocent lives) are used and discarded, we need to place our hearts in what is lasting, and lead lives centered around faith, hope, and love. In the words of Pope Francis, “We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that BEING GOOD AND DECENT ARE WORTH IT”- Pope Francis in Laudato Si’. We need to continually remind ourselves that true love should lead us closer to our goal of heaven and not further away from it!

I hope that whoever reads this realizes what God is calling him or her to do regarding any relationships he or she is involved in. I ask for St. Clare’s intercession to help us love whole heartedly.

Help us, St. Clare, to pursue love that allows us to serve God better together, than we ever could on our own. And help us to do it now rather than later, when it may be too late.