Category Archives: Love

A Body of Broken Bones

YOU AND I and all men were made to find our identity in the One Mystical Christ, in Whom we all complete one another “unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.” When … Continue reading

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Prayer and Mercy

If we want to follow the pilgrimage of prayer all the way to the end, we must not be frightened by the threats of the world. We have already seen how St. John of the Cross calls such worldly forces … Continue reading

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Our will and God’s freedom

About 36 hours before, the title started out as “God’s will and our freedom”, but then something clicked it over, to invert the wording. And then, as if to ratify the new title, there was a post with some quotes … Continue reading

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Completing the circle of mercy

There are two obvious lessons of mercy we need to learn: to seek forgiveness from God and to extend forgiveness to our brother. They are linked in the Lord’s Prayer, such that the first will not happen without the second. … Continue reading

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Merton on trusting God’s mercy

Let my trust be in Your mercy, not in myself. Let my hope be in Your love, not in health, or strength, or ability or human resources. If I trust You, everything else will become, for me, strength, health, and … Continue reading

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The danger in inverting “God is love”

If we hear “God is love” and think it means “Love is God”, as in thinking that our idea of love is God, we have reduced God to an idea, a concept. And since everyone has a slightly different concept … Continue reading

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Great quote by Saint Francis de Sales

“We must fear God out of love, not love Him out of fear.”

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