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Thought for the Day – 21 August – I love because I love, I love that I may love

Thought for the Day – 21 August – Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) “Doctor of Light”

I love because I love, I love that I may love

Saint Bernard
Abbot and Doctor of the Church

An excerpt from Sermon 83

Love is sufficient of itself, it gives pleasure by itself and because of itself.   It is its own merit, its own reward.   Love looks for no cause outside itself, no effect beyond itself.   Its profit lies in its practice.   I love because I love, I love that I may love.   Love is a great thing so long as it continually returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from there the water which constantly replenishes it.   Of all the movements, sensations and feelings of the soul, love is the only one in which the creature can respond to the Creator and make some sort of similar return, however unequal, though it be.   For when God loves, all He desires is to be loved in return, the sole purpose of His love is to be loved, in the knowledge that those who love Him are made happy by their love of Him.

The Bridegroom’s love, or rather the love which is the Bridegroom, asks in return nothing but faithful love.   Let the beloved, then, love in return.   Should not a bride love, and above all, Love’s bride?   Could it be that Love not be loved?

Rightly then does she give up all other feelings and give herself wholly to love alone, in giving love back, all she can do is to respond to love.   And when she has poured out her whole being in love, what is that in comparison with the unceasing torrent of that original source?   Clearly, lover and Love, soul and Word, bride and Bridegroom, creature and Creator, do not flow with the same volume, one might as well equate a thirsty man with the fountain.clearly lover and Love - st bernard - 20 aug 2019

What then of the bride’s hope, her aching desire, her passionate love, her confident assurance?   Is all this to wilt just because she cannot match stride for stride with her giant, any more than she can vie with honey for sweetness, rival the lamb for gentleness, show herself as white as the lily, burn as bright as the sun, be equal in love with Him who is Love?   No.   It is true that the creature loves less because she is less.   But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given.   To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond, she cannot love so much and not be totally loved and it is in the perfect union of two hearts that complete and total marriage consists.   Or are we to doubt that the soul is loved by the Word first and with a greater love?

St Bernard, Pray for Us!st-bernard-pray-for-us-20 aug 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 August – St Bernard

Quote/s of the Day – 21 August – Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C and the Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) “Doctor of Light”

“The measure of love
is love without measure.”the-measure-of-love-is-love-without-measure-st-bernard-20-aug-2018 and 2019 (1)

“Action and contemplation are very close companions;
they live together in one house on equal terms.
Martha and Mary are sisters.”action-and-contemplation-st-bernard-20 aug 2017 and 2019

“The three most important virtues are:
humility,
humility
and humility.”the-three-most-important-virtues-st-bernard-20-aug-2018 and 2019

“If the hurricanes of temptation rise against you,
or you are running upon the rocks of trouble,
look to the star – call on Mary!”if-the-hurricanes-of-temptation-st-bernard-5-may-2018 and 2019

“Let us not imagine that we obscure
the glory of the Son by the great praise
we lavish on the Mother –
for the more she is honoured,
the greater is the glory of her Son.
There can be no doubt that whatever we say
in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

Doctor of the Churchlet us not imaine that the praise - st bernard - 20 aug 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 21 August – “..we are illuminated and made shining by the light…”

One Minute Reflection – 21 August – Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 19:23–30 and the Memorial of St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) “Doctor of Light”

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life...Matthew 19:29and-everyone-who-has-left-matthew-19-29-21-aug-2018

REFLECTION – “Abraham became “the friend of God” (Jam 2,23) because he freely and generously followed the Word of God, his call.   It was not due to any lack on His part that God’s Word gained Abraham’s friendship.   He is perfect from the beginning; “Before Abraham was, I am” (Jn 5,58).   But it was that He, who is good, might give Abraham eternal life… Likewise, in the beginning, it was not because He had any need of man that God formed Adam but that He might have someone on whom to bestow His blessings.

Still less was it because He needed our service that He commanded us to follow Him but to win salvation for us.   For to follow our Saviour is to have a share in His salvation, just as following the light is to participate in the light.   When we stand in the light it is not we who illumine the light and cause it to shine but we are illuminated and made shining by the light…  God grants His blessings on those who serve Him because they are serving Him and on those who follow Him because they are following Him but He receives no blessing from them because He is perfect and without need.

If God asks for our service it is that He who is good and merciful might bestow His blessings on those who persevere in His service.   Because, if God has no need of anything, yet we have need of communion with God.   The glory of man is to persevere in the service of God.   That is why our Lord said to His disciples:  “You did not choose me, it was I who chose you” (Jn 15,16), thus indicating that… for having followed the Son of God they had been glorified by Him:  “Father, I will that where I am they also may be, that they may see my glory” (Jn 17,24). … St Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-c.208) Bishop, theologian and Martyr – Against the heresies, IV, 14,1 ; SC 100when we stand in the light - st irenaeus 20 aug 2019.jpg

PRAYER – All-knowing God, let me be able to stand in Your presence with a good conscience.   Help me to avoid anything that would sully my conscience and do all I can to remain united with You  . You made St Bernard burn with zeal for Your house and gave him the grace to enkindle and enlighten others in Your Church.   Grant that by his prayer, we may be filled with the same spirit and always live as children of the Light. Through Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen. st bernard pray for us 2

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Quote/s of the Day – 19 August – St John Eudes

Quote/s of the Day – 19 August – The Memorial of St John Eudes Orat. (1601-1680) “Apostle of Two Hearts”

“A Christian has
a union with Jesus Christ –
more noble,
more intimate
and more perfect
than the members of a human body
have with their head!”a christian has a union with jesus chist - st eudes - 19 aug 2019.jpg

“The Christian life is a continuation
and completion of the life of Christ in us.
We should be so many Christs here on earth,
continuing His life and His works,
labouring and suffering in a holy
and divine manner in the spirit of Jesus.”the christian life is a continuation and completion - st john eudes 19 aug 2019.jpg

“Our wish, our object,
our chief preoccupation
must be to form Jesus in ourselves,
to make His spirit,
His devotion,
His affections,
His desires
and His disposition,
live and reign there.
All our religious exercises
should be directed to this end.
It is the work which God
has given us to do unceasingly. “our wish our object - st john eudes - 19 aug 2019.jpg

“Faith is a beam,
radiating from
the face of God.”

St John Eudes (1601-1680)faith is a beam radiating from the face of god st john eudes 19 aug 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 19 August – “If you would be perfect…”

One Minute Reflection – 19 August – Monday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Matthew 19:16–22 and The Memorial of St John Eudes Orat. (1601-1680) “Apostle of Two Hearts”

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven and come, follow me.” … Matthew 19:21

REFLECTION – “O Jesus! can anyone declare that he does not desire this great blessing, especially after he has passed through the chief difficulties?   No, no-one can!   We all say we desire it but there is need of more than that, for the Lord to possess entire dominion over the soul.   It is not enough to say so, any more than it was enough for the young man when our Lord told him what he must do if he desired to be perfect…

Enter then, enter, my daughters, into your interior, pass beyond the thought of your own petty works, which are no more, nor even as much, as Christians are bound to perform, let it suffice, that you are God’s servants, do not pursue so much as to catch nothing. Think of the saints, who have entered the Divine Presence and you will see the difference between them and ourselves.   Do not ask for what you do not deserve, nor should we ever think, however much we may have done for God, that we merit the reward of the saints, for we have offended Him.   Oh, humility, humility!   I know not why but I am always tempted to think, that persons who complain so much of aridity in prayer, must be a little wanting in this virtue…  Let us try ourselves, my sisters, or let our Lord try us, He knows well how to do so, although we often pretend to misunderstand Him…

If we turn our backs on Him and go away sorrowfully, like the youth in the Gospel, when He tells us what to do to be perfect, what can God do? for He must proportion the reward to our love for Him.   This love, my daughters, must not be the fabric of our imagination, we must prove it by our works.   Yet do not suppose that our Lord has need of any works of ours, He only expects us to manifest our goodwill… if we continue in it…  doubtless, by persevering in this poverty and detachment of soul, we shall obtain all for which we strive.   But, mark this – it must be on one condition – that we `hold ourselves for unprofitable servants.’ (Lk 12:48) … St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) Doctor of the Church – Interior Castle, Mansion 3, Chapter 1matthew 19 21 if you would e perfect - oh humility humilty - st teresa of avila 19 aug 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Father of mercies and God of all consolation, You gave us the loving Heart of Your own beloved Son, because of the boundless love by which You have loved us, which no tongue can describe.   May we render You a love that is perfect with hearts made one with His.   Grant, we pray, that our hearts may be brought to perfect unity, each heart with the other and all hearts with the Heart of Jesus….and may the rightful yearnings of our hearts find fulfilment through Him, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. – Collect from Saint John Eudes’ Mass, Gaudeamus, 1668 St John Eudes, Pray for us! amen.st john eudes pray for us 19 aug 2019.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 18 August – “Christ roams the streets …”

Quote of the Day – 18 August – The Memorial of St Alberto Hurtado SJ (1901-1952)

“I hold that every poor man,
every vagrant,
every beggar,
is Christ carrying His cross.
And as Christ,
we must love
and help him.”

St Alberto Hurtadoi-hold-that-every-poor-man-st-alberto-hurtado-no-2-18-aug-2018 and 2019.jpg