Monday, January 30, 2006

insight on love, sacrifice, and murder

This was in today's reading:

Divine Intimacy
Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD

When love for God is genuine and intense, it does not confine the soul within itself, but in one way or another it always leads it to embrace all those who belong to God because they are His creatues, His children, and the object of His love.

Men have not understood You; they have not returned Your love...they have crucified You. Yet You still love them because Your love is not for Your own personal satisfaction, but only for the glory of the Blessed Trininy. O Jesus, out of love for Your Father You have loved us to the point of sacrificing Yourself entirely for us; grant that, out of love for You and for Your glory, I man know haw to love my bretheren and to give myself to them most generously. (St. Teresa of Jesus)

Love, which is seeking the good of the other, reaches it's pinacle in sacrifice ("no greater love that that a man lay down his life for his friends"). Self-love on the other hands, since it has the self for the object of love, tends to the opposite direction, even to the point of murder.

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