There seems to be much going on in our world right now about standing up for what is right and spreading a message of love rather than hate. Regardless of who you want to point the finger at as a source of hate, the reality is that we all need to be mindful of the barriers in our hearts and minds to truly giving love without limits. Each of us is one sinner among sinners. But we do need to take a stand when extremes threaten to choke one’s ability to love.
One great campaign, especially from a Catholic point-of-view, is the #LoveLikeFrancis campaign which offers people inexpensive posters, t-shirts, stickers, and more with great slogans and images championing attitudes voiced by Pope Francis. As a Catholic or a Christian it is not possible to align ourselves with every group that speaks of love for some of those also include platforms that are anti-religious or anti-Christian. But with campaigns like this we can remind people of the fundamental command to love our neighbor and the need to safeguard the human dignity of everyone. Sure, at the end of the day these are really just catchy slogans on fabric or paper. They don’t produce real change in themselves. But they are one additional way of spreading the Good News about a God who calls us to care for each other. If that’s our goal, I think we can use all the help we can get.