In a recently published book of his homilies, Pope Benedict reminds us that without God in our lives, it is as if we put the second button in the first buttonhole --- nothing will come out right. It's a great metaphor for mistakenly living life as a strategic game instead of a prayerful plan.
If the love of God is the foundation of our lives, then all our other relationships are based on this love. If not, we cannot love anyone. And if God disappears from our world, he warns, all is dark.
Loving God and neighbor both require practice, so confession, prayer, Eucharist and bearing with other in patience must be practiced each day.
The book entitled, Teaching and Learning the Love of God Today: Being A Priest Today has a foreword by Pope Francis.