Such love is thankworthy, since it is spontaneous; pure, since it is shown not in word nor tongue, but in deed and truth 1 John 3:18 ; just, since it repays what it has received. For since our love is toward God, who is infinite and immeasurable, how can we bound or limit the love we owe him? With this fresh translation of The Book of My Life, Mirabai Starr brings the inimitable Spanish mystic to life for a new generation, with contemporary English that mirrors Teresa's own earthy, vernacular Spanish, and that presents us with someone we feel we know. . For whatever you seem to love, if it is on account of something else, what you do really love is that something else, not the apparent object of desire. Here are my two favorites: Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee Jesus, the very thought of Thee With sweetness fills my breast; But sweeter far Thy face to see And in Thy presence rest.
The tokens of the Passion we recognize as the fruits of the past ages, appearing in the fullness of time during the reign of sin and death Galatians 4:4. Hence, if one seeks for God's claim upon our love here is the chiefest: Because He first loved us I John 4:19. Ah, this No tongue nor pen can show The love of Jesus, what it is, None but His loved ones know. This is the claim which God the holy, the supreme, the omnipotent, has upon us. Jesus, our only joy be Thou. Then the net of charity which as it is drawn through the great and wide sea doth not cease to gather every kind of fish, will be drawn to the shore; and the bad will be cast away, while only the good will be kept Matthew 13:48.
Now a man cannot love his neighbor in God, except he love God Himself; wherefore we must love God first, in order to love our neighbors in Him. All of this occurs in the Church. For to so lose yourself that you are reduced to nothing is a dive experience and not a human sentiment Philippians 2:7 … In God all our affections should center, so that in all things we should seek to do only His will and not to please ourselves. This one, as to loving God, I will deal with as He shall teach me; for it is sweetest, it can be handled most safely, and it will be most profitable. We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason: 1.
Loving God is to our advantage. What can I give God in return for himself? Here indeed is appeasement without weariness: here never-quenched thirst for knowledge, without distress; here eternal and infinite desire which knows no want; here, finally, is that sober inebriation which comes not from drinking new wine but from enjoying God Acts 2. But Bernard does not stop here. The body is a help to the soul that loves God, even when it is ill, even when it is dead, and all the more when it is raised again from the dead: for illness is an aid to penitence; death is the gate of rest; and the resurrection will bring consummation. The text below is part of the first chapter of his classic, On Loving God. There is not doubt that God will provide for our needs; indeed, He gives most people more than they need. Then she will understand how all the testimonies of love, which she received in the former coming, as though from the left hand, are nothing in comparison with the sweetness of the right hand's embrace.
If you are looking for a fun two week devotional with thought provoking ideas about loving God, I highly recommend On Loving God. And this refers to the Son of God himself, who will come forth and serve them, even as he hath promised; so that in that day the righteous shall be glad and rejoice before God: they shall also be merry and joyful Psalm 68:3. Men in high places are driven by insatiable ambition to clutch at still greater prizes. Knowledge is also twofold, if we realize that this dignity, or any other good in us, is both in us, and is not from us. Joined unto the Lord, he will then be one spirit with him 1 Corinthians 6:17. In this old work, the classic Christian hope of resurrection, perfection, and life with God is revived.
Surely no one offers to pay for love; yet some recompense is due to one who loves, and if his love endures he will doubtless receive it. And first let us consider how he deserves to be loved. The unmingled wine would enrapture the soul and make her wholly unconscious of self; but here is no such transport for she is still desirous of her body. True, since for angels it was not needful. She beholds King Solomon, with the crown with which his mother crowned him; she sees the Only-begotten of the Father carrying the cross for himself; she sees the Lord of majesty bruised and spat upon, the author of life and glory transfixed with nails, smitten by the lance, overwhelmed with mockery, and finally laying down his beloved life for his friends. Of the Christian's debt of love, how great it is 6. This great Cistercian's writing is much admired; it is passionate and profound, and concerns essentially the human relationship to God.
I set myself joyfully to explain more in detail what is meant above. In my own experience I feel like I have just begun to taste the fourth degree that he describes. And rightly is such glorying called vain-glory, since it lacks the solid foundation of truth. So our selfish love grows truly social, when it includes our neighbors in its circle. It may be well to repeat a portion of that letter, since it is easier to copy than to dictate anew.
At first then the faithful soul eats her bread, but alas! Who is offended and I burn not? It tempers the fear of the slave, it regulates the desires of the hireling, it mitigates the severity of each. But how will it be with me? Three years later, he was sent to found a new house, which Bernard named Claire Vallée, 'of Clairvaux', on 25 June 1115. Such love is pure, and finds no burden in the precept bidding us purify our souls, in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren 1 Peter 1:22. Why we should love God, and the measure of that love 2. Devotion mixed with fear does not destroy it, but purges it. O sweet and gracious affection! Cist 1090 — August 20, 1153 was a French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order.
This cannot be so with the others; for the first have the weight of the body to bear, and the second desires the body again with something of selfish expectation. A sweet book on a sweeter topic! So it was God who loved us, loved us freely, and loved us while yet we were enemies. When that desire is appeased, when the one lack is supplied, what should hinder her then from yielding herself utterly to God, losing her own likeness and being made like unto Him? Fear is the motive which constrains the slave; greed binds the selfish man, by which he is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed James 1:14. So, too, self-interest is restrained within due bounds when love supervenes; for then it rejects evil things altogether, prefers better things to those merely good, and cares for the good only on account of the better. And because love is natural, it is only right to love the Author of nature first of all. The second is that of devotion, of confident praise and worship of God.
The bride asks for a kiss from the bridegroom out of confidence, no longer out of fear. In such wise man, animal and carnal by nature, and loving only himself, begins to love God by reason of that very self-love; since he learns that in God he can accomplish all things that are good, and that without God he can do nothing. While there are many books in the tournament that I have on my list to read, like City of God by St. But it is natural that nothing should content a man's desires but the very best, as he reckons it. Bernard isn't combative or argumentative, but merely straightforward and hopeful for his audience.