Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Love ... a powerful weapon ... an invincible force ... "

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us: so also by Christ doth our comfort abound."   ~2 Corinthians 1:5

"We can go through great difficulties, suffer grave contradictions, endure deep sufferings, but from the moment that we set ourselves to serve God through love, those difficulties, those contradictions, those sufferings, serve as the food of love.  When one loves God, one can still feel the cross; God will even make us feel it more in the measure that we advance, because the cross establishes in us a greater likeness to Christ:  but one loves then, if not the cross itself, at least the hand of Jesus that places the cross on our shoulders.  For this hand gives us also the unguent of grace for bearing our burden.  Love is a powerful weapon against temptation and an invincible force in adversity."  ~Bl. Columba Marmion in Christ, the Life of the Soul

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