Reflections


Active and Spontaneous Love     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard, SSS

April 6, Holy Monday - Love cannot exist between two hearts without conformity and empathy. What pleases one pleases the other; what one likes the other will also like. Love brings about empathy, conformity in thought and action. For this reason, it is said that love is an imitator. Since your love for our Lord is one of surrender, it will always be a love of conformity. (Conference, September 20, 1862)

Passion Sunday     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard, SSS

April 5, Passion Sunday - Since we are meditating on the passion of our Lord, one recurring question is this: […] Why does the love of God have its perfection in very great suffering? Why did the Son of God suffer? He could have shown his love to us in another way. This was a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to the pagans (cf. 1 Cor 1:23), and it still is for Christians. Why does he place his reign in the cross? The answer is easy: He chose suffering in order to redeem us. (Conference to the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, Paris, Friday, March 8, 1861)

Have a Genuine Love for Each Other     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard, SSS

April 4, Saturday - Have a genuine love for each other in our Lord… Love one another sincerely, realize clearly that if you have fraternal charity, then you will love one another. Never commit any deliberate sins; people must be able to say of you what our Lord said of his apostles: Here, they love each other in God. And believe me, be strict in examining yourselves on charity, because failures occasion many faults. Think about what our Lord said: You will love me if you love one another (cf. Jn 13:35). And St. John says: Whoever loves his brothers fulfills all the commandments (cf. 1 Jn 4:12), because it is impossible to be charitable without being humble and kind. (Conference to the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, November 10, 1866)

God Loves man only for man's good     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard, SSS

April 3, Friday - God loves man only for man’s own good; He wants to make man holy like Himself in order to share His eternal happiness with him. The Incarnate Word dwelt 33 years among men to teach them what is good, what virtues sanctify them and make them pleasing to God. He taught men all the eternal and temporal truths they need in the present life. (GRR, March 14 – First Meditation)

God the Creator     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard, SSS

April 2, Thursday - 1. God the Creator. God has loved man with an eternal love, with the love of a father, with a tender love. All of creation has been the preparation of God’s love for the benefit of man, whom He created only on the sixth day, when everything was ready to receive and serve him. (GRR, March 14 – First Meditation)


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