Saturday, December 01, 2007

Daily with De Sales: 12/1/07

Thus does God speak, "For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God..." [Ex 20:5]. Yes, God is jealous, but what kind of jealousy is His? He desire that we be His with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind and our whole strength. For this reason He calls Himself our Spouse and our souls His spouses and deems every kind of estrangement from Him to be fornication and adultery. This great God, Who is uniquely good, is correct in desiring our whole heart. Ours is only a little heart, and it cannot sufficiently return the love due to the Divine Goodness...However, God does not love us out of self-interest but for our good. Our love is useless to Him, but it brings us great profit! If it pleases Him, it is because it is profitable to us.
-- T.L.G. Book 10, Ch. 13; O. V. p. 209

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