O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Greatest Heartbreak of All

During the Easter Season I'll be bringing you gems from St. Faustina's Diary, after reading it for Lent.
Diary of St. Faustina, 1447
Oh, how painful it is to Me that souls so seldom unite themselves to Me in Holy Communion. I wait for souls, and they are indifferent toward Me. I love them tenderly and sincerely, and they distrust Me. I want to lavish My graces on them, and they do not want to accept them. They treat Me as a dead object, whereas My Heart is full of love and mercy. In order that you may know at least some of My pain, imagine the most tender of mothers who has great love for her children, while those children spurn her love. Consider her pain. No one is in a position to console her. This is but a feeble image and likeness of My love.
I keep picking the same type of passages out of the diary. I keep wanting to talk about the Nymphios. He is the titular of this blog after all. The love Christ has for His bride is like the love a man has for his bride, except that Christ's love is perfect. A man's love is limited by his human weakness and finite capacity for love. Humans are finite after all. As God, Christ is infinite. Sure, His humanity has certain limits, but His Divinity allows Him to love infinitely. So the love He has for His bride is like the love of man and wife only greater. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that the love of man and wife is a smaller version of His love. Christ's love is the original. Spouses love each other only insofar as their love mimics Christ's love. The more their love mimics Christ's love for the Church, the stronger their love is. Since they are finite and Christ is the Infinite God, they could never love each other as strongly as Christ loves His bride, but they still love each other with the same love.

Therefore, just as it hurts a man to have his wife cheat on him, so it hurts Christ to have us sin, only the pain is greater, because His love is greater, because He is God. Christ wants to give His Bride, the best gifts and to spend time with her, just wanting to be in her presence. He wants her fidelity towards Him. He loves her but how does she respond? She runs away into sin hates it when He tries to stop her. The souls doesn't want the Church with it's oppressive rules to get in the way. She might or might not want to be with God now and then, but she still wants her own life. This is just like a girl who cheats on her man and yells at him to leave her alone, that if she wants to have this other life it is her right because it is her life and she can do as she pleases with it. She wants to live life her own way and is mad that this man, who she fell so in love with, is now trying to stop her. He wants to give her the complete gift of himself and now she has that thrown back in his face. She would rather be with someone else than hear what he has to say. After all, her lover never tells her to go to confession. He still loves her. He just wants his love reciprocated. He just wants to be with her and give her the greatest gifts. His offerings are thrown back in his face. She has more fun being in sin than being with him. She is everything to him, but she treats him like nothing. He wants to live his life with her, but she lives it with another. Christ's love for sinners is this same love, only stronger. This is how sinners act towards Christ. This is the pain Christ feels, only He feels it more intensely as His love is greater. No broken heart can compare to Christ's Heart as no heart loves as much as Christ's Heart.