Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CQOD: 01/28/08 -- Anonymous: My God, I love Thee

Christian Quotation of the Day

January 28, 2008
Feast of Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1274
    Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
    -- 1 Timothy 1:17 (NIV)

    My God, I love Thee—not because I hope for heaven thereby,
    Nor yet because who love Thee not must die eternally.
    Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me upon the Cross embrace;
    For me didst nails and spear endure, and manifold disgrace.
    Why, then why, O blessed Jesus Christ, should I not love Thee well?
    Not for the hope of winning heaven, or of escaping hell—
    Not with the hope of gaining aught, nor seeking a reward,
    But as Thyself hast loved me, O ever-loving Lord!
    E’en then I love Thee and will love, and in Thy praise will sing
    Solely because Thou art my God and my eternal King.
    ... Anonymous Latin Hymn, attrib. Francis Xavier (Edward Caswall, translator in Lyra Catholica, 1849)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your love and might drive away all fear about myself.

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