Friday, February 17, 2017

NINEVEH 90 - Day 4 - Daily Reflection


There is much that each of one can do to prepare for the 100th Anniversary of Fatina on May 13, 2017 . However I am just posting the daily meditations.  For more information please go to the Nineveh 90 Website here

Nineveh - DAY 4 – MOTHER OF CHRIST, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE VIRTUE OF LOVE!

GOD'S WORD

"Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love." (John 15:9-10)

 HEROES' WORDS

"Love to be real, it must cost - it must hurt - it must empty us of self." -Mother Teresa
"To love God is something greater than to know him." -St. Thomas Aquinas
"It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey." -St. Ignatius of Loyola

 
MEDITATION

Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God (CCC 1822). Charity: The infused supernatural virtue by which a person loves God above all things for his own sake, and loves others for God's sake. It is a virtue based on divine faith or in belief in God's revealed truth, and is not acquired by mere human effort. It can be conferred only by divine grace. Because it is infused along with sanctifying grace, it is frequently identified with the state of grace. Therefore, a person who has lost the supernatural virtue of charity has lost the state of grace, although he may still possess the virtues of hope and faith. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)

 
Jesus makes charity the new commandment. By loving his own "to the end," he makes manifest the Father's love, which he receives. By loving one another, the disciples imitate the love of Jesus, which they themselves receive. Whence Jesus says: "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love." And again: "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you" (CCC 1823).

 
The practice of all the virtues is animated and inspired by charity, which "binds everything together in perfect harmony"; it is the form of the virtues; it articulates and orders them among themselves; it is the source and the goal of their Christian practice. Charity upholds and purifies our human ability to love, and raises it to the supernatural perfection of divine love (CCC 1827).

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