#53: The 19 Things That Love Is

On today’s episode, we conclude our discussion on the Song of Solomon and talk about the 19 things that love is according to Dr. Kreeft.

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July 24 – July 30, 2016
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Saint Quote of the Week

“There are in Holy Scripture many songs of praise; but only one is styled the Canticle of canticles. Moses, Israel, Deborah, Judith, and many others, sang a song to the Lord to glorify Him for wonders received at His hands; but only Solomon, the wise and pacific king (crowned with glory and goods and blessings, living in perfect peace, in no need of the gifts and deliverances for which others gave thanks), only he sang, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, the glory of Jesus Christ and of the Church, in their mystical, eternal espousals; an Epithalamium celebrating the aspirations of a holy soul, and the transports of a purely spiritual joy, to the glory of Him who is the King of kings, and Lord of lords; for whose sake, as He is above all, and His praise most excellent, the Song of Solomon is called the Canticle of canticles.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux (On the Love of God: Including Fragments from a Fragment by St. Bernard: His Last Work)


Recommended Reading / Listening

Douay-Rheims translation or Knox translation of the Song of Solomon

You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible by Dr. Peter Kreeft (The 19 things that love is discussed on today’s episode came from the chapter on the Song of Solomon in this book)

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis

The song Set Me As A Seal (Live) by Matt Maher


Challenge of the Week

Pick out a couple of the 19 things that love is and try to implement them into your life in a concrete way. You may need to go back and listen through the episode to find a couple that you want to work on.


Dinner Table Questions

1. What do you think about the 19 things that love is identified by Dr. Peter Kreeft?
2. Can you think of any other examples of “what love is”?
3. Does anything in the Song of Solomon remind you of your spouse? Discuss with your spouse.


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