Friday, October 19, 2007

Daily with De Sales: 10/17--10/19

I am sorry for being so absent-minded with the DWDS these last few days. For some reason, I simply forgot all about it. To catch us back up, here are the entries for Wed., Thurs., and today.

Pax Christi,
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October 17:
Jesus Christ Himself said, "Love one another. Such as my love has been for you, so must your love be for each other." [Jn 13:34] You must give a lot of thought to this statement, because it means that we must love others more than we love ourselves. The Lord always put others before Himself and still continues to do that, making Himself our food every time we receive Him in the Blessed Sacrament. In like manner He wants us to love others and even to prefer our neighbor to ourselves. (Spiritual Treatises IV; O. VI, p. 57)

October 18:
The present life is strewn with sorrowful moments, but during such moments we can increase our acts of precious union with the will of God. Such times afford the opportunity of mortifying our self-love, loving our abjection and indeed our own crucifixion. How else can we prove our love if not by accepting these bitter and sorrowful happenings? How often have I referred to the stripping of ourselves, to be reclothed with Jesus Christ crucified? Then and only then will God dwell in our hearts. (Letters 1497; O. XVIII, p. 332)

October 19:
We must not allow our minds to flutter curiously around God's judgments; if we do so, we will be like moths and burn our winds and perish in the sacred flame. These judgments of God are incomprehensible. We cannot know or plumb His motives. The inscrutable ways in which God brings us to perfection cannot be discerned or recognized by His creatures. Who can penetrate the meaning, the understanding or the purpose of God? "Who has been his counselor" so as to know His plans and their motives? Who has ever gone to Him and rendered any service to Him? [cf. Rom 11:33-35] On the contrary, is it not He Who goes before us with the blessings of His grace, so as to crown us with the happiness of His glory? All things are from God Who is their Creator; all things are by Him Who is their ruler; all things are in Him Who is their protector. (T.L.G. Book 4, Ch. 8; O. IV, p. 244)

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