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February 14

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit we begin our prayer time.

The power of true love changes hearts and lives. Today is the memorial of Saints Cyril and Methodius two brothers who were missionaries, teachers, and patrons of the Slavic peoples, of ecumenism and co-patrons of Europe.  Their love for Jesus and the people of God, led them take the Good News of Jesus' love from Greece to Germany to the Czech Republic and their message spread through their disciples to Bulgaria, Bohemia, southern Poland, Slovaks, Croatians, Orthodox Serbians and Bulgarians.

God's love is about action and presence, not presents as many are inclined to share on Valentine's day. Presents like chocolates and cards are fine, but Jesus spent his days with people showing his love for them through his words and deeds. How will you be present and show someone you love them today – how will you be the present!  Who needs us to be present to them?  Who are the excluded around us who need to be welcomed as family as they are.

Before you decide what to do, take a moment to slow down and pray the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

Humbly we begin our day celebrating Jesus' love which touches all hearts and lives in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.