Letters to Young Girls

15 - Ah, Love!


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PUBLICATION DATE

14 . 03 . 2024

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Letters to Young Girls

15 - Ah, Love!

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The Daughters of Mary

Ah, l'amour!

Dear Friend,

The long-awaited day has arrived when Colombe and Xavier are going to join their destinies and promise before God to be faithful to each other. Relatives and friends have also come to celebrate this great event with them. Impressed, Mathilda wants to see and hear everything, not miss a single thing in this wedding Mass.

Couple-mariage

All of a sudden the organ and the trumpet resound. It is the wedding march. Colombe, wearing a gorgeous but simple white dress, indicating the gift of her virginity which she is offering to her husband, entered escorted by her father. How beautiful she was! She looked like a real princess. Xavier, a little nervous inside, was waiting for her at the front. He looked at her, smiling, with his usual very kind and protective expression in his eyes which gave the gentle Colombe confidence. She walked towards him with the trust of a beloved, and with the impetus and fervor of the love they have for each other, a love which is even stronger because they were able to keep it pure until today. Leaving her father and mother, it is to him that, in a few minutes, she will say “yes” for life, animated by that deep Christian and Paulian ideal she shares with Xavier.


Ah, love! It will always make adolescent girls dream – sooner for some and later for others. Because of the normal changes occurring in their bodies and in their hearts, they feel themselves progressively drawn to boys always more and more. They see in this one or that one their prince charming; inventing in their minds all kinds of beautiful romances; imagining themselves, hoping, wanting to be loved by the most handsome, the kindest, the most intelligent and most attentive of boys, with whom they will live happily ever after!

For the time being, you need to know that being interested or attracted by a handsome or kind boy is not really love. That is because love develops slowly as we get to know the other person, in respect and trust, and that takes much time. Yes, you may find a particular young man pleasing. That’s normal. However, in adolescence, neither he nor you have the physical, psychological and emotional maturity required to build a future together. That is why it is advisable to be patient and wise, and while you can have many friends, avoid to venture into a premature love affair.

We know that everything around you encourages adolescents to have love affairs at a very early age, and you know that this can very rapidly lead to sexual experiments. However, is that really the path to happiness you want to build for yourself? An early sexuality will not bring fulfillment to your heart and will certainly not lead you along a serene path. Entering into a love relationship at the age of 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 generally means opening the door to many disappointments and even to wounds which won’t heal easily.

Wisely, be patient with regard to love, strengthened by your choice to give yourself time to learn to genuinely love and in the right way for the one whom God has destined for you and to whom events will guide you one day, if that is your vocation, of course. Thus, don’t do too much romantic or sentimental daydreaming. Even shy away from anything that could stir it up, such as movies or music… If, at times, you find your lot hard to deal with, remember that your voluntary waiting and your efforts won’t go unrewarded.

Marie-Paule reminded us that “the more a soul stays pure, constantly nourished every day by Mass and Communion and all the sacraments, everything that is spiritual, well, the more such a soul ascends.” (Spiritual talk of Nov. 27, 1991)


After the ceremony, as the crowd gathered around the newlyweds for the group picture, Matilda caught a glimpse of a boy, not far from her, whom she had noticed a few times at Spiri-Maria. She has never spoken to him. All she knows is that his name is Nicolas, but every time, he secretly attracts her attention. There is something about him to which she is not indifferent. Maybe she will marry a boy like him some day? “Lord, I want you to guide my life,” she said interiorly. “And if marriage is truly my vocation, then I already pray to you for the one you have destined for me as my life’s companion.”

Coeur en fleurs

However, the sudden joyful arrival of Sophie chased away her thoughts. The two friends are truly ravishing today with their well-chosen dresses, and especially since they have God in their hearts. They compliment each other and then hurry off to go and congratulate Colombe and Xavier who are radiant with joy and who, by loving and faithfully supporting each other, in times of joy as in times of trial, will love and follow God as a couple along the path of life.

The Daughters of Mary


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