Thursday, February 26, 2009

Love for Neighbor as a sign of God’s Presence within

(meditating on 1 John 3:14)

Love for neighbor is the sign of new life in God. Those who bear God within them (lovingly in their hearts) will always extend their love (God’s love) to their neighbor (who is everyone they meet, live or work with).

Those who show no concern for their neighbor, show that they have not (yet) found the new life in God, or that they have lost it (again).

We must be constantly open to receive God’s love within (by emptying ourselves of any selfishness, pride, envy, jealousy, etc.); only allowing the entirety of our (whole) hearts to be filled with the love of God (which is infinite).

We can do this only, by fixing our eyes on our role model and lifelong example: Jesus Crucified.

Prayer: Father of all creatures, give us a child’s heart. Help us reach out to our brothers and sisters with Your love and compassion. For when we love, with your love, in your love and through your love (as Jesus points the Way, the Truth and the Life), we are made one in You. Amen.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The ardor of Love raises souls to God’s presence

“…the Lord is always ready to give us Love; let us choose to receive with open, expansive hearts…” (St. Augustine)

The flame that burns within each one of us –
is there from the beginning,
as we were created in God’s image and likeness.

What we do with this flame,
and how we keep this flame burning
depends on the choices we make
as we live our lives on this earth (earthly pilgrimage).

If we could only see ourselves with the eyes of our Creator (who is all goodness)
we would strive from the very beginning,
to do good and walk in charity to our neighbor
(all those we meet and/or live and work with).

In this way, the ‘deposited’ flame within our souls/our hearts,
would grow – by the continued grace of God –
Who sustains us in our faith walk.

The littlest flame of love,
being ‘fanned’ by God’s infinite loving grace,
grows larger (all-encompassing)
the more we love in God’s goodness,
and the more we love – through God’s grace.

The burning flame continues to grow
until it is consumed (consummated)
by the Love who created all.

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