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The Power Of Unconditional Love
By Frank J Casella
Photo: Taking It All In Stride - People walking the trail at the Homewood Izaak Walton Wetlands Preserve in Illinois - USA - Copyright Frank J Casella All Rights Reserved. 
I've had a few dog's in my life, as the saying goes "a house is not a home without a dog on the floor". But one of the things about owning a dog is that they come and go about every dozen years. The thing that I have learned from each dog is a different way of learning about unconditional love. For this reason, I often wonder why  'dog' spelled in reverse is 'god'.
But as much as a dog can relate to us humans, they are not one of us who are more complex. A dog behaviorist once shared with me that a dog does not look at realtionships like humans do.  Like, here is what Doctor Gary Chapman shared in his recent newsletter
"Sometimes we fall into a negative mindset that keeps us from being our best in relationships. Here's an example: "I’ll treat them better when they start treating me better.” Such an attitude misses out on the power of unconditional love. Unconditional love is the choice to love someone else no matter how they treat you. ...
If you are married, say to your spouse, “I’ve been thinking about our marriage, and I realize that I have loved you conditionally. When you are kind to me, I tend to be kind to you. When you help me, I help you. I think that love requires more than that. I sincerely want to learn to love you no matter what. I want to make a fresh commitment to our marriage. I am going to ask you to give me one suggestion each week for what I can do to make your life better. Whatever you suggest, I’m going to do my best to do it.” ...
Get a pencil and paper and write down their suggestion. To the best of your ability, do it. If you do, you will be well on the way toward unconditional love."

The thing that makes us different as a Catholic man, as a CMCS-Man, is how we intentionally live out uncontitional love through the scriptures, and the Ten Commandments, with our role in the mission of the Church to make disciples.
A Woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to see Him just to find Her.
Women were not created to do what men can do.
Women were created to do what men cannot.
Gen. 2:18 - The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.
* [2:18] Helper suited to him: lit., “a helper in accord with him.” “Helper” need not imply subordination, for God is called a helper (Dt 33:7; Ps 46:2). The language suggests a profound affinity between the man and the woman and a relationship that is supportive and nurturing.

1 Ptr. 3 - Christian Spouses
1* Likewise, you wives should be subordinate to your husbands so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct
2 when they observe your reverent and chaste behavior.a
3 Your adornment should not be an external one: braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry, or dressing in fine clothes,b
4 but rather the hidden character of the heart, expressed in the imperishable beauty of a gentle and calm disposition, which is precious in the sight of God.
5 For this is also how the holy women who hoped in God once used to adorn themselves and were subordinate to their husbands;
6 thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him “lord.” You are her children when you do what is good and fear no intimidation.
7 c Likewise, you husbands should live with your wives in understanding, showing honor to the weaker female sex, since we are joint heirs of the gift of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.*
* [3:7] Husbands who do not respect their wives will have as little success in prayer as those who, according to Paul, have no love: their prayers will be “a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal” (1 Cor 13:1). Consideration for others is shown as a prerequisite for effective prayer also in Mt 5:23–24; 1 Cor 11:20–22; Jas 4:3. After all, whatever the social position of women in the world and in the family, they are equal recipients of the gift of God’s salvation. Paul is very clear on this point, too (see 1 Cor 11:11–12; Gal 3:28). 
Husbands - If your love is motivated by God, your wife will know it, and it will be reflected in the climate of your relationship.
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