Thought for the Day – 12 June – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Our Relationship with the Most Holy Trinity
“The soul should also be the spouse of Jesus Christ.
The union between us and Our Lord, should be loving and intimate, like that of husband and wife.
Jesus has been called our Brother, “the firstborn among many brothers” (Rom 8:29).
We are, in fact, the adopted sons of God, just as He is the natural Son.
But Jesus was not satisfied merely to show a fraternal love by giving us His Heavenly Father as our Father and His Mother Mary as our mother.
He wanted to give us something even more intimate, so He communicated to us His very life!
The soul of a Catholic is the spouse of Jesus, not only because it is united closely with Him but, because, through the channel of His grace, He gives it His own Divine life.
Jesus has often spoken to His Saints as to a spouse.
“Christ is our spouse and wishes to be loved by us,” writes St Bernard, “He desires,” says St Teresa, “to be loved by us and to love us with the love of a spouse. He demands all the affection of which our hearts are capable.”
We should examine ourselves to see if we really return this intimate love of Jesus.
Above all, we should ensure that all our actions are performed solely out of love for Him.”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci