Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012.
“Love” is a word that gets meaninglessly tossed around a lot these days, especially in my generation. A lot of men my age tell their girlfriends “I love you” without really meaning it. I’ve heard some people say “I love food” the same way they might say “I love my brother.” And some people are so afraid of “the ‘l’ word” that they don’t use it at all.
With all this meaningless word-flinging, our society has become pretty confused about what love really is. But just recently I came across something that renewed my hope in society’s view of love. A few weeks ago, I saw Disney’s new animated movie Frozen. It was great! I really enjoyed a lot about it, especially its catchy songs, funny moments, and great story. What I enjoyed most about it, though, was its focus on love.
I don’t want to give too much of the movie away, but the whole movie attempts to explain what love really is. You’ll have to see the movie yourself to completely understand what I mean, but I think I should tell you what left the biggest impression on me. At the end of the movie, a main character has to save her life by committing an act of true love, and that act of true love is an act of self-sacrifice. The character takes a sword strike in place of someone she loves, and saves herself in doing so.
This one event sums up the message of the entire movie, a message that the Church has been preaching for millennia: true love is about sacrifice. Love isn’t just an emotion or a biological phenomenon. It’s a decision, a commitment to give your whole self to another person. True love is the kind of love that Jesus has for us. It’s the kind of love that makes even a terrible death on a cross worth it. In Frozen’s own words, it’s the kind of love that’s “worth melting for.”
In this world that is so confused about what love is, this movie serves as a beacon of hope. It has reminded me what love really is, and it has given me hope that love will never lose meaning. Of course, love would never die even if this movie weren’t around, but this movie is a great tangible indicator. It’s a great sign of God’s true sacrificial love for us, His love that will never die.
Stone photos by Lauretta Santarossa