Friday, July 4, 2008

On Charity...

”He who does not acquire the love of God will scarcely persevere in the grace of God, for it is very difficult to renounce sin, merely through fear of chastisement.”
-Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church

”The heart into which Divine Love enters no longer makes any account of all that the world esteems. Saint Francis de Sales says that when the house is on fire, all the goods are thrown out of the window; by which he means, that when the heart is inflamed with Divine Love, man, without sermons, or exhortations from his Spiritual director, of himself seeks to divest himself of all worldly goods, honors, riches, and other earthly things, that he may have nothing but God.”
-Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church

”In the royal galley of Divine Love, there is no galley slave; all the rowers are volunteers.”
-Saint Francis de Sales

”The way which God takes with the souls that love Him, by allowing them to be tempted, and to fall into tribulations, is a true espousal between Himself and them.”
-Saint Philip Neri

”We must give ourselves to God altogether; God makes all His Own the soul that is wholly given to Him.”
-Saint Philip Neri

”Charity is a love of friendship, a friendship of choice, a choice of preference, but an incomparable, a sovereign, and supernatural preference which is like a sun in the whole soul, to embellish it with its rays; in all our spiritual faculties to perfect them; in all our powers to moderate them; but in the will, as its seat, to reside there, and to make it cherish and love its God above all things.”
-Saint Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church

”Try not to think of yourself when you love; love is ecstatic, it does not leave to themselves those whom it possesses, but delivers them to the One they love.”
-Saint Dionysius

”Under the influence of fear, we bear the Cross of Christ with patience; under the more inspiring influence of hope, we carry the Cross with a firm and valiant heart; but under the consuming power of love, we embrace the Cross with ardor.”
-Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church

”As beholding corporal beauty is the principal cause of sensitive love, so the contemplation of the Divine Goodness is the cause of spiritual love.”
-Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church

”The price of Divine Love is not to be appreciated; for it suffices to obtain the Kingdom of Heaven, and the love of Him Who has loved us so much merits the highest degree of our love.”
-Saint Francis of Assisi

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