We have all heard St. Paul’s famous definition of love from 1 Corinthians 13 so many times that we almost know it by heart:
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
And there’s hardly a Catholic wedding ceremony that doesn’t use that reading for the Epistle.
Further, a common grammar school or CCD teacher’s tool was the old chestnut: “Now take the word ‘Love’ out of that reading and replace it with your own name—and if we act like that, we will truly be known as Christians: Kevin is patient, Kevin is kind…”