By Mackenzie Karn, Volunteer in Spokane
“Since committing to Hearts Home at Gonzaga, I have had many surprising ministries, but few have been as traditional now as celebrating holidays with students. So often college students can feel particularly lonely around holidays, so as Valentine’s Day approached this year, our community gathered once again to plan an event for our friends to show them how much we love them. A Saturday night dessert social was planned.
In the United States, Valentine’s Day is seen as an over-the-top romantic holiday to be shared with your significant other, but at Heart’s Home St Ignatius, we celebrate it as a holiday about love in all its beautiful forms. Our friends that night were shining examples of all those kinds of love. We had new friends, old friends, family members, and even a fiancee at our house, and all were happy to share a moment with another. Everyone talked with each other, and as the night went on, we saw many beautiful encounters. Our evening of celebrating love and friendship ended with a champagne toast from Jed, Amy’s fiancee, reading the well known and very appropriate words from 1 Corinthians chapter 13, all about love;
’If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.’”