Saturday, August 20, 2005

The Kind of Love I Want

The following anecdote was written by an anonymous source. Fr. Vic Salanga, SJ read it in his homily during our eight-day retreat last year. What particularly struck me was the ending, wherein the author reminds us that love is also accepting the possibilities which are closed to us.

It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 a.m., when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have sutures (stitches) removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9 a.m. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to be able to see him.

I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation I asked him if he had a doctor's appointment that morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, and that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I then inquired about her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's disease.

As I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised and asked him, "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?" He smiled as he patted my hand and said, "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is." I had to hold back tears as he left. I had goose bumps and thought, "That's the kind of love I want in my life."

True love is neither exclusively physical nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.


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Blogger Reine said...

Hi Bro. Terence. I don't know if you still update this site, but this is the second time in a week that I encountered that quote by Fr. Vic Salanga...and how I encountered it this time is purely coincidental, while also meant to be. And believe me, the timing is also great since that quote corresponds with the events in my day. Wala lang, it just feels good. =)God's love.


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