To remain in God’s infinite love

Feast Day of Pope Saint John I (c. 470–526)

Gospel of the Day: John 15:9–11

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father’s commandments
and remain in his love.

“I have told you this so that
my joy might be in you and
your joy might be complete.”

Quotes of the Day
from Pope Francis’ homily at daily morning Mass, Casa Santa Marta

Jesus teaches us the way of love, of having an open heart, of loving without measure, putting other kinds of love aside.

There are other loves. The world itself offers many other loves: love of money for example, vanity, boastfulness, pride, love of power which can even lead to unjust actions to achieve more power… these loves have nothing to do with the love of Jesus or of the Father. In fact these loves distance us from Jesus’ love.

Love and joy are gifts we must ask the Lord for.

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

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?

St Paul’s Most Excellent Way

Today at Mass we heard St Paul’s famous explication of love. We usually hear this passage read at wedding ceremonies. St Paul presents Love as The Way just after correcting the Christians at Corinth, who were giving disproportionate esteem for certain spiritual gifts (e.g., speaking in tongues), as we sometimes do today. While we should strive to grow spiritually, and we are called to use the gifts God gave us, Paul tells us that the Way of Love (Jesus, who is the Way) is the most excellent way, superior to the spiritual gifts previously discussed. More importantly, without love, exercising the spiritual gifts God gave us merit us nothing.

A popular spiritual exercise is to read the passage and replace the word “love” with your own name. This examination of love helps us see where we stand in relation to Jesus’ command to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Scripture of the Day: 1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13

Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.

The way of love. But I shall show you still a more excellent way.

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.

And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

[insert your name] is patient, [insert your name] is kind.
[insert your name] is not jealous,
[insert your name] is not pompous,
[insert your name] is not inflated,
[insert your name] is not rude,
[insert your name] does not seek its own interests,
[insert your name] is not quick-tempered,
[insert your name] does not brood over injury,
[insert your name] does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but [insert your name] rejoices with the truth.

[insert your name] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.

For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.

At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.