Inspired by the image, based on St Paul’s colossal work in 1 Corinthians 13

What value may be placed on you, O love:

more than sparkling earthly treasures

above glittering charismata with

scintillating speeches or miraculous works

beyond charitable acts of questionable altruism



What virtues may adequately describe you, O love:

Unremitting patience, untiring kindness,

Unspeakable selflessness, unconditional giving

Joyously affirming truthfulness

Consistently believing and hoping the best



What victories do you celebrate, O love:

Never-ending, unfailing devotion.

Still standing, when golden gifts are silenced,

Through all vicissitudes of life

….and onward to eternity’s vast ocean