Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Love and Death

"I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you stir not up nor awaken love until it please. Who is that coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her Beloved? Under the apple tree I awakened you. There your mother was in travail with you, there she who bore you was in travail. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death... Its flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned." - Song  of Songs 8:4-7

In the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Beloved, our Divine Spouse, Love Himself gave His whole being over to death, under the waters of death, hiding His Love from the world for a time - but as the Scripture says, Love is as strong as death, and refused to be put down. Love Himself rose gloriously in victory, Love that conquers death, Love that is our final destiny, in His Heart. As Christ rose gloriously from the dead, the flashes of fire, the brilliant light of Love were awakened in His Sacred Body, which though dead moments earlier, was suddenly alive in power, and the fiery glory of the Spirit of the Father. Always remember, dear Catholic, that His love cannot be bought. Grace and Love Himself comes not from wealth, but humble and undeserved in Baptism. Let us acknowledge our poverty once more in the Sacrament of Penance, and come to true repentance and grace once again. For in he who truly repents Love will once again dwell in His glorious presence; enlivening in Charity a heart dead and lukewarm for so long.

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