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Colorado Springs: What Does Love Look Like?

I won’t speak for other people, but love rarely comes easy for me. Self-concern tends to be my default outlook, which means I find it far more natural to remain preoccupied with things like pettiness, envy, and the pursuit of my own happiness than to think about the needs of the people around me. And that’s true even when the people in question actually care for me. When I’m called to love those I don’t know, or even those who disagree with or oppose what I believe and value, I find it even more difficult.

And yet, that’s apparently what police officer Garrett Swasey did as he responded to a gunman opening fire at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs last week. Before being taken into custody, the shooter killed three people and wounded nine others. Among the dead was Officer Swasey.