Deus Caritas Est
Deus Caritas Est Whatever we love here on earth, either persons or things, we love them because they appear, in some way, worthy of love, lovable. Now God is infinitely lovable, He is the fullness of all that is good and lovable, and therefore deserves our total love. Put together all we find lovable and good in this world, all the greatness, the power, the wisdom, the beauty, the goodness, the love, the happiness we see in it, and multiply all this a million times, all that will be as nothing compared with the divine lovableness. In the depth of the human heart God has put an inborn, deep seated love that makes it secretly enamoured of him, the perfect good, the source of all happiness. Our will is hungry and thirsty for God. It is essentially directed like a magnet, towards God, and whatever we want or love, we love it only because in it we find something of the perfect good and perfect happiness our soul is craving for. Unfortunately the sinner, the worldly man does not even suspect that this happiness he longs for is to be found in God alone and he pursues happiness where it cannot be found, in earthly things, in the pleasure of sin. " ". (St. Augustine) The fervent soul, on the contrary, pursues perfect happiness in God, the supreme good, the perfect object of our will. He has learned from experience that perfect happiness is to be found in God, that God alone can fulfil all his desires. He has by degrees become deeply conscious of the secret passion of his soul for God. He often feels that his soul is in love with God and he says with delight: . Let us like the saints seek and love God alone loving Him in Himself and in all things. Let us follow the bent, the craving of our soul. This will give us already here on earth a foretaste of the heavenly happiness. Wish you all a blessed season of Advent! You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and is it rests in you I found Him whom my soul loveth: I held Him and I will not let him go our heart restless until (Cant.3:6).
Let us like the saints seek and love God alone loving Him in Himself and in all things. Let us follow the bent, the craving of our soul. This will give us already here on earth a foretaste of the heavenly happiness.
Wish you all a blessed season of Advent!
Fr. Therasian Xavier