Thursday, August 22, 2019

Therese of Lisieux: to live of love

Thursday, August 22, 2019
    As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
    —Luke 8:23-24 (NIV)
To live of love, it is when Jesus sleeps
    To sleep near Him, though stormy waves beat nigh.
Deem not I shall awake Him! On these deeps
    Peace reigns, like that the Blessed know on high.
To Hope, the voyage seems one little day;
    Faith’s hand shall soon the veil between remove;
’Tis Charity that swells my sail alway.
        I live of love!
    ... Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897), Poems of St. Teresa, Carmelite of Lisieux, Boston, Angel Guardian Press, 1907, “To Live of Love”, n. 9 (see the book)
    See also Luke 8:23-24; John 14:27; 1 Cor. 13:13
Quiet time reflection:
    True love comes from You, Lord.
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