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The Love Pill 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

The Love Pill

The apostle Paul gives thanks for the work of a compassionate church.

At a Glance

A new pill could make us more loving and compassionate toward others. Paul reminds us that we don't need a pill; compassion is a side effect of "standing firm in the Lord."

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Anxiety Machine," November 29, 2009, at

Seems like there's a pill for everything these days, if you believe all the drug commercials on TV featuring smiling people who've benefited from better living through chemistry.

Of course, side effects may occur, such as diarrhea, dry heaves, shingles and scurvy, temporary or permanent blindness and convulsions leading to a coma. Rarely, but with prolonged use, other side effects may appear such as complete loss of bladder control, loss of feeling at the extremities and festering boils.

Other than that, it's all good. (Try to read the foregoing rapidly like the TV announcer.) The commercials encourage people to "Ask your doctor about ...," as if ...

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