St. Bernardine of Siena, Pray for us. John 15:12-17 John tells Christians of all times and places that the heart of Christianity is love’s self-forgetfulness and total dedication. John tells us that love has its origin in God. In fact, the person without love does not know God. Paradoxically, it is only by knowing God that we can genuinely love, and it is only by loving that we can come to know God. Let us pray for the people of Ukraine.