In the play, “Les Miserables,” Jean Valjean endured great hardships in his life and was on the road to destruction when he was shown mercy and given a second chance. He came to accept responsibility for his own life as well as that of his adoptive daughter, Cosette. His self-sacrificing and boundless love for her changed his life and heart forever. In the Epilogue lyrics we hear, “Take my hand, and lead me to salvation Take my love, for love is everlasting and remember the truth that once was spoken To love another person is to see the face of God!” This is indeed what we are called to. We are called to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us live this day and every day in love.
Pat Schifini, OSU