Christian, learn from Christ how you ought to love Christ. Learn a love that is tender, wise, strong; love with tenderness, not passion, wisdom, not foolishness, and strength, lest you become weary and turn away from the love of the Lord." - St. Bernard
Our Lord Jesus Christ is the model of true charity. We know that when we go to our particular judgement, we will be judged according to one thing - how much we resemble our Savior or the level of charity in our souls at the time of death.
What does this mean for us though? What practical things can we do to resemble Our Lord and increase our charity?
I was reading about the Blessed Trinity and the love that that the three Persons have for one another. It was explained that the Father gives all of Himself to the Son and the Holy Ghost and likewise the Son to the Father and the Holy Ghost etc. There is a mutual emptying out of all the infinite love of each Person to the other Persons and likewise an infinite return of love.
Sometimes, we are afraid to give. We are afraid to lose something or to be empty. Did not Our Lord give all of Himself for us on the Cross? This is the example of perfect charity for, greater love no man hath than to give up his life for his friends!
Let us take courage and when the opportunity presents itself for us to give of ourselves, let us give without hesitation. God will then return our love and increase in our souls this beautiful virtue of charity. Let us give where it costs us but a little effort throughout this month and in the coming months of this year, becoming ever-more Christ-like.
-by Jane Carver
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"Charity is a created participation in the charity, the infinite love with which God loves Himself, that is, the love with which the Father loves the Son, with which the Son loves the Father, and by which each love the other in the Holy Spirit. Charity plunges us into the very center of God's intimate life; it enables us to share in the infinite love the three divine Persons. It makes us capable of loving God for Himself , because He is goodness, beauty, infinite wisdom." - Exerpt from the Divine Intimacy
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