In the final chapter of his book, Heaven Starts Now: Becoming a Saint Day by Day, Fr. John Riccardo instructs us to take a look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and wherever the word love appears, he suggests we substitute our own name. He writes, " ... this can help us to see if these statements apply to us, and what it is that needs the most work in us."
This could be a very valuable and useful exercise as part of our nightly examen or as an examination of conscience before going to confession.
So, go ahead, insert your name wherever the word love appears in the verses below (and your corresponding prounoun in place of "it").
Pretty powerful, no?
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.