A Year with the Saints – 3 November


Alas! we have not as much love as we need! I mean that it would require an infinite amount to have enough to love our God according to His due; and yet, miserable that we are, we throw it away lavishly upon vile and unworthy objects, as if we had a superfluity. Saint Francis de Sales

This good Saint could not endure to have an affection for anything remain in his heart. He once said: “Truly, if I knew that there was one thread of affection in my soul, which was not of God or for God, I would instantly sever it. I would rather be nothing than not belong wholly to God without any exception.”

Saint Philip Neri, burning with these flames of love, often cried: “How is it possible that anyone who believes in God can love anything but Him!” and then addressing to God a loving complaint, he would exclaim: “O Lord! since Thou art so lovely and hast commanded me to love Thee, why didst Thou give me but a single heart, and that so small?”

Saint Augustine, to animate his soul to center all its love upon God, employed such incentives as these: “What can please thee in this world, O my soul, or what can gain thy love? Wherever you turn, you see only Heaven and earth. If in both you find what is worthy of praise and love, of how much praise and love must He be worthy, who has made these things you praise and love? My soul, till this time you hast been long occupied and tossed hither and thither by many and various desires, which have ensnared thy heart and divided it among many loves, leaving thee always disturbed and never secure. Recollect thyself now a little and ask those things that please thee, who is their maker; and since you admire the form, love its Former, and do not lose thyself in what is made, so as to forget Him who made it. Indeed, indeed, my God, Thou art truly worthy to be revered and loved above everything on earth or in Heaven. Nay rather, all transitory things do not deserve to be loved at all, lest we should lose Thy love.”

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