4 Love as Internal Resolution

Four

Love as Internal Resolution

 

 

“Course Correction”

Nothing changed

Yet EVERYTHING changed

No eye could see it

No ear could hear it

No science empirical

Can define a particle

Or a single shred

From which it led

 

 

“It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Cor 13:7-8)

 

Phase: Illuminative

 

Breathe in:

Beatitude (and the addiction which it corrects): “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.” (Mt 5:5) (addiction to power)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Piety (Fidelity)

Deadly Sin overcome: Avarice

Lively Virtue developed: Generosity

 

Breathe out:

Beatitude: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt 5:6)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Fortitude (Courage)

Deadly Sin overcome: Sloth

Lively Virtue developed: Zeal for the mission

 

Sacrament: Matrimony

The Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done”; “Lead us not into temptation”

Sign from Gospel of John: Miracle at the Wedding at Cana

Teresian mansion: Fourth chamber (Second Water)

Sanjuanist level: Proficient

 

What is “grace”? It is God’s own life, shared by us. God’s life is Love. Deus caritas est. By grace we are able to share in the infinitely selfless love of Him Who is such pure actuality that He needs nothing and therefore cannot conceivably exploit anything for selfish ends. Indeed, outside of Him there is nothing, and whatever exists exists by His free gift of its being, so that one of the notions that is absolutely contradictory to the perfection of God is selfishness. It is metaphysically impossible for God to be selfish, because the existence of everything that is depends on His gift, depends on His unselfishness.

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