Advent Reflection: GOT LOVE? YOU'LL NEED IT!

Today is the Feast Day of the great Carmelite reformer St. John of the Cross, master of the spiritual life and of contemplation and other forms of prayer. He knows what he’s talking about. He taught that…

“In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.”

It reminds me of the words of St. Thomas of Aquinas:
“The things that we love tell us what we are.”

What are you about?
What do you love?
What do you treasure?

Jesus advised us…
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (Mt. 6:19-21)

In order to have our heart where it truly needs to be, we need to “dig deep”, St. John of the Cross says:

“We must then dig deeply in Christ. He is like a rich mine with many pockets containing treasures: however deep we dig we will never find their end or their limit. Indeed, in every pocket new seams of rich fresh riches are discovered on all sides. For this reason the apostle Paul said of Christ: ‘In him are hidden all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God.’

Dig deep!

Get rich!

Get love!

Love well.

Live love, Pope Benedict XVI says, that is “live the Gospel.”

Read the Pope’s short daily reflection for today by clicking on the image of the Pope on the right side of this blog – and let St. John of the Cross, Pope Benedict XVI, and Jesus Christ himself lead you through this second half of the Advent Season.

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