The Love of the Lord

Feast of Saint Faustina
God’s Secretary and Apostle of Divine Mercy

Everlasting love, pure flame, burn in my heart ceaselessly and deify my whole being, according to Your infinite pleasure by which You summoned me into existence and called me to take part in Your everlasting happiness.

O merciful Lord, it is only out of mercy that You have lavished these gifts upon me. Seeing all these free gifts within me, with deep humility I worship Your incomprehensible goodness.

Lord, my heart is filled with amazement that You, absolute Lord, in need of no one, would nevertheless stoop so low out of pure love for us.

I can never help being amazed that the Lord would have such an intimate relationship with his creatures. That again is His unfathomable goodness. Every time I begin this meditation, I never finish it, because my spirit becomes entirely drowned in Him.

What a delight it is to love with all the force of one’s soul and to be loved even more in return, to feel and experience this with the full consciousness of one’s being.

There are no words to express this.

Diary of Saint Faustina: Divine Mercy in My Soul # 1523

Poor and Lowly, Forever Blessed

Quotes and Hymns in honor of the
Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.
— Saint Augustine

Ave Maris Stella

Mary must be known and openly revealed by the Holy Spirit so that Jesus may be known and loved through her. — Saint Louis de Montfort

Sing of Mary

I declare with the saints: Mary is the earthly paradise of Jesus Christ the new Adam, where he became man by the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to accomplish in her wonders beyond our understanding. She is the vast and divine world of God where unutterable marvels and beauties are to be found. She is the magnificence of the Almighty where he hid his only Son, as in his own bosom, and with him everything that is most excellent and precious. What great and hidden things the all-powerful God has done for this wonderful creature, as she herself had to confess in spite of her great humility, “The Almighty has done great things for me.” The world does not know these things because it is incapable and unworthy of knowing them.
— Saint Louis de Montfort

After the love which we owe Jesus Christ, we must give the chief place in our heart to the love of His Mother Mary.
— Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri

Unburden your soul, for I love you

Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

In 1993, four years before her death, Mother Saint Teresa wrote a letter to her Missionaries of Charity (MC). In this letter she expressed concern that some of her sisters and brothers might not be aware of the deep personal love Jesus has for each one of them. Mother Teresa chose to write from Jesus’ point of view, which allows Jesus to tell the MC sisters, brothers, and fathers directly of his love for them — and now, too, we can hear Jesus speaking directly to us. The letter offers a meditation on the words Jesus spoke from the cross: “I thirst” (John 19:28).

I Thirst for You.

Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you.
I THIRST FOR YOU.

I thirst to love you and to be loved by you — that is how precious you are to Me.
I THIRST FOR YOU.

Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds. I will make you a new creation, and give you peace, even in all your trials I THIRST FOR YOU.

You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you, My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you.
I THIRST FOR YOU.

If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all. For Me, there is no one any more important in the entire world than you.
I THIRST FOR YOU.

Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give me your life – and I will prove to you how important you are to My Heart.

Don’t you realize that My Father already has a perfect plan to transform your life, beginning from this moment? Trust in Me. Ask Me every day to enter and take charge of your life. — and I will.

I promise you before My Father in heaven that I will work miracles in your life. Why would I do this? Because I THIRST FOR YOU.

All I ask of you is that you entrust yourself to Me completely. I will do all the rest.

Even now I behold the place My Father has prepared for you in My Kingdom.

Remember that you are a pilgrim in this life, on a journey home. Sin can never satisfy you, or bring the peace you seek. All that you have sought outside of Me has only left you more empty, so do not cling to the things of this life. Above all, do not run from Me when you fall. Come to Me without delay. When you give Me your sins, you gave Me the joy of being your Savior. There is nothing I cannot forgive and heal; so come now, and unburden your soul.

Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks. Will you open the door?

Love lays down her life

Quote of the Day

I ask you to love me with the same love with which I love you. But for me you cannot do this, for I loved you without being loved. Whatever love you have for me, you owe me, so you love me not gratuitously, but out of duty, while I love you not out of duty, but gratuitously. So you cannot give me the kind of love I ask of you. This is why I have put you among your neighbors, so that you can do for them what you cannot do for me—that is, love them without any concern for thanks and without looking for any profit for yourself. And whatever you do for them, I will consider done for me.

— Saint Catherine, The Dialogue (a conversation between the Eternal Father and a soul)

Scripture of the Day: John 15:12–17

Jesus said to his disciples:
“This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another.”

Saint of the Day: Catherine of Siena

Italian, b. 1347, d. 1380, canonized 1461

Saint Catherine laid down her life in response to God’s love for her. After a mystical vision at age 6, the girl turned to a life of prayer and solitude. At 7, she made a private vow of perpetual virginity. As she matured, Catherine’s parents began to prepare her for marriage, but she resisted to the point of cutting her hair and relinquishing adornments. While she never officially took the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, she lived them perfectly. Catherine became a Third Order Dominican and remained at home, where her life was dedicated to penance and works of mercy. She tended the sick, including those dying of bubonic plague. Her strong foundation of prayer strengthened her vocation as spiritual guide, which led to her involvement of the more worldly side of church affairs and politics. Having the courage to speak the truth to popes and kings, Catherine played a role in bringing the seat of the papacy back to Rome from Avignon, France.

In 1970  Pope John Paul II named Saint Catherine, who was unschooled, except by the Lord in prayer, a Doctor of the Church.

The soul, who is lifted by a very great and yearning desire for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, begins by exercising herself, for a certain space of time, in the ordinary virtues, remaining in the cell of self-knowledge, in order to know better the goodness of God towards her. This she does because knowledge must precede love, and only when she has attained love, can she strive to follow and to clothe herself with the truth.

But, in no way, does the creature receive such a taste of the truth, or so brilliant a light therefrom, as by means of humble and continuous prayer, founded on knowledge of herself and of God; because prayer, exercising her in the above way, unites with God the soul that follows the footprints of Christ Crucified, and thus, by desire and affection, and union of love, makes her another Himself. Christ would seem to have meant this, when He said: To him who will love Me and will observe My commandment, will I manifest Myself; and he shall be one thing with Me and I with him. In several places we find similar words, by which we can see that it is, indeed, through the effect of love, that the soul becomes another Himself.

— Saint Catherine, The Dialogue, Prologue

Writings of Saint Catherine

 

Love Has No Boundaries

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Scriptures of the Day

God is love. — 1 John 4:8

God looked at everything he had made and found it very good. — Genesis 1:31

Question of the Day

Have you encountered God’s love? Have you let God’s love transform you?

Prayer of the Day

Come Holy Spirit,
Pour forth God’s love into my heart and my life.
Amen.

Lover of All Things

Scripture of the Day:  Wisdom 11:22–12:1

Indeed, before you the whole universe is like a grain from a balance,
or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.
But you have mercy on all, because you can do all things;
and you overlook sins for the sake of repentance.
For you love all things that are
and loathe nothing that you have made;
for you would not fashion what you hate.
How could a thing remain, unless you willed it
or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?
But you spare all things, because they are yours
O Ruler and Lover of souls
for your imperishable spirit is in all things!

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Question of the Day:  How have you encountered God’s mercy this week?

Confident in Love

Scripture of the Day: 1  John 4:11–18

Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
that he has given us of his Spirit.
Moreover, we have seen and testify
that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.
Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God remains in him and he in God.
We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
In this is love brought to perfection among us,
that we have confidence on the day of judgment
because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love,
but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

Quote of the Day

When we accept God on his terms, we do His will. When we accept ourselves as we are, we realize our weaknesses and out total dependence on His grace. — Mother Angelica, Franciscan nun (Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration) and founder of EWTN

Late Have I Loved Thee

Saint of the Day:  Augustine of Hippo, “Doctor of Grace”

born in present-day Algeria in 354, d. 430

sinner turned saint; before his conversion, kept a mistress, with whom he had a son; he prayed “Oh, Master, make me chaste and celibate, but not yet!; a master of rhetoric; converted at age 33, became a priest at 36, chosen to be bishop at 41; accepted by most scholars as one of the most important figures in the Western Church; he wrote 5 million words about scripture and theology and was recognized as a doctor of the church in 1298; called the “doctor of grace” for his work against the Pelagians, who denied the need of grace for salvation

patron of printers, brewers, theologians

What are we doing? Unlearned people are taking heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins. — Augustine to his friend Alipius

Pope Benedict XVI’s General Audiences on Saint Augustine

(some) Prayers of Saint Augustine

Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy;
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy;
Draw my heart O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy;
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy;
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

(some) Writings of Saint Augustine

Too late loved I Thee, O Thou Beauty of ancient days, yet ever new! too late I loved Thee! And behold, Thou wert within, and I abroad, and there I searched for Thee; deformed I, plunging amid those fair forms which Thou hadst made. Thou wert with me, but I was not with Thee. Things held me far from Thee, which, unless they were in Thee, were not at all. Thou calledst, and shoutedst, and burstest my deafness. Thou flashedst, shonest, and scatteredst my blindness. Thou breathedst odours, and I drew in breath and panted for Thee. I tasted, and hunger and thirst. Thou touchedst me, and I burned for Thy peace.
— Augustine, Confessions Book X, Chapter 27

You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. — Augustine, Confessions, Book I, Chapter 1

Memorial of Saint Bernard

Saint of the Day:  Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

French, b. 1090, d. 1153

abbot, doctor of the church, preacher, scripture scholar, theologian; though he preferred solitude and seclusion from the world, his life was filled with activity;  devoted to the Blessed Virgin; some attribute the Memorare prayer to Saint Bernard, but original authorship is unknown

patron of climbers, Cistercians, Burgundy, candle makers, beekeepers

Writings of Saint Bernard

Let your goodness, Lord, appear to us, that we, made in your image, conform ourselves to it. In our own strength we cannot imitate your majesty, power and wonder; nor is it fitting for us to try. But your mercy reaches from the heavens, through the clouds, to the earth below. You have come to us as a small child, but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of eternal love. Caress us with your tiny hands, embrace us with your tiny arms, and pierce our hearts with your soft, sweet cries. Amen.

If you begin to sink in the gulf of melancholy and despair, think on Mary. In dangers, in distress, in perplexities, think on Mary, call on Mary. Let her not depart from your lips, let her not depart from your heart, and, that you may win the suffrage of her prayers, never depart from the example of her life. Following her, you will never go astray; when you implore her aid, you will never yield to despair; thinking on her, you will not err; under her patronage you will never wander; beneath her protection you will not fear; she being your guide, you will not weary; if she be your propitious Star, you will arrive safely in the port, and experience for yourself the truth of the words, “And the virgin’s name was Mary.”