Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Teresa of Avila: how to love God better

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
    “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
    —Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)
    We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or no. Be sure that, in proportion as you advance in fraternal charity, you are increasing your love of God, for His Majesty bears so tender an affection for us that I cannot doubt He will repay our love for others by augmenting, in a thousand different ways, that which we bear for Him.
    ... Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), The Interior Castle [1577], tr., E. Allison Peers, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1961, p. 128 (see the book)
    See also Mark 12:29-31; Lev. 19:18; Luke 10:36-37; John 13:34-35; 15:12; Rom. 12:9-10; Gal. 5:6; 1 Pet. 4:8; 1 John 3:14; 4:11,19-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have shown us what love is.
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