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

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Amor Vincit Omnia - Love Conquers 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, 1622
Throughout this Lent, I am a host in Your hand, Jesus. Make use of me so that You may enter into sinners Yourself. Demand anything You like; no sacrifice will seem too much for me when souls are at stake.
The devout life has, at it's foundation, an offering of self to God. After all that is what love is: a desire to offer yourself completely to another for their greater good. A person who loves God, then, behaves this way towards God. The soul offers herself up to God so that God can do as He pleases with her. The soul takes comfort in the fact that God can give the soul a better life than she can give herself. The soul can give herself a pretty good life. However, God, being far stronger than she, can give her a much better life than she can give herself. At this point one cannot help but wonder, "Why wouldn't you want to give everything to God? What reason could there be for not letting God decide the outcome of everything? He can give you so much better!" But alas, the easy to acquire, albeit vain, pleasures of sin are more attractive to human weakness.

So now we have sinners. We do not just see the soul with God, but we see the soul with God and the soul's neighbor is in sin. The soul loves the neighbor. The soul does not want the neighbor to be in sin any longer but to immediately go be with God alone. So the same love we have described acts towards neighbor. The soul wants to offer herself up, undergoing whatever sacrifices and hardships for the sake of the neighbor's conversion. Even the greatest pains and difficulties seem small just because they are endured for the sake of the beloved. The strength of the love is greater than the strength of the hardships. The soul accepts whatever pains might come, not shying away from any of it, but offering the sacrifice of obedience, in imitation of and strengthened by Christ's sacrifice. She follows God through whatever difficulties, no matter how hard and thus God is able to freely use the soul to sanctify the neighbor. The great love she has for her neighbor is what gives her the strength the whole way through.

Thus we see that love cannot be expressed by words, but only by actions. Lovers often struggle to come up with accurate ways of verbally expressing their love. Words are never enough. Actions speak louder than words. It is the one who puts up with you that loves you, not the one who has fun with you.