God is Love. Where there is Love, there God is for sure. When we love, we make God present. Where there is no love, there is hatred.
True Love is always of the same nature, whether it is for your mother, your children, or your wife, only in the latter case it has the richness of a sexual expression, which is not necessary but it has it in case you want to use it as a means of expression, and it is very natural and proper to use it.
Love of friends or of all mankind is usually of lesser intensity, except in very religious persons, whose love of neighbor, by command of Jesus Christ, is as strong as the love of their own or of themselves.
Love of homeland, according to persons and times, can be as strong as love for a mother, and therefore one dies very often in history for this cause, and this love also constitutes a duty for religious persons. And then there is the Love of Love, that is, the Love of God, which again for religious people comes first in importance, above all else.
Love is a bond, that is, it is not a feeling. You love your mother, for example, and that remains even if at a certain moment you are angry with her. You love her because you are her child, period. Well, love for your wife is of the same nature: if you notice that you no longer feel the same for her, it does not mean that the love has died, but that you do not feel it.
You do not have to separate but continue to be by her side, waiting to feel it again or assuming that you will no longer feel it as before, but you are by her side because she is your wife and your family, and you are not going to destroy your family and yourself because your heart does not feel it.
That is love, bond, not feeling, and the bond can never be broken, while the feeling can vary throughout life.
That is why true Love always forgives, although it also firmly tells the truths to the face to help the other to be better, but then forgives him and accompanies him with patience, bearing his defects.
Love, therefore, never dies, for although living beings do die, a spirit cannot die.
BUT, exactly, what does “to love” mean for the Catholic Church?
Commitment, sacrifice, love and protection?