Thought for the Day – 5 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Doing Everything for the Love of God
“As St John says, God is love; he who dwells in love dwells in God and God dwells in him (1 Jn 4:16).
Since He is love, God longs to be loved by us.
Our actions should come from and, be accompanied by, our love for Him.
“Love, therefore, is the fulfilment of the law,” writes St Paul (Rom 13:10).
We must perform all our actions, therefore for the love of God.
The alchemists of old, made a great many experiments in the hope of being able to transform base metals into gold.
What was impossible in the physical order, however, is quite possible in the moral and spiritual order.
We can transform all our actions into pure gold, by means of the love of God.
There is a story told about a sculptor who was chiselling out a small statue which was to be placed on the highest pinnacle of the temple.
He was striving after perfection in the tiniest details, as if it would be possible for the statue to be inspected at close quarters.
Somebody asked him why he was so particular and careful in his work and he replied: “I am not working for those who are looking up from below but, for Him, Who is looking down from above. I am working for God alone!”