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SaintlySages Blog and Twitter offers the words of saints and sages for meditation and reflection. SacredHymns is a collection of sacred hymns for prayer and meditation. ScripturalPostscript offers reflections on selected passages of Sacred Scripture.

God’s Gifts to Us

Father Cassilly tells us: “Friendship can never cease to give or at least to desire to give. Presents and tokens of some kind ever accompany it. . . . A friend delights to give, to bestow tokens of love.” Where … Continue reading

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Being Certain of God’s Love

Father Cassilly observes: “We all know from experience the depth and intensity, the strength and sweetness of a mother’s love for her child. Others may wonder what she discovers in her infant that makes her forget and sacrifice self for … Continue reading

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God Loving Us

Father Cassilly discusses how the nature and qualities of friendship are manifested in the relationship between God and a human person. First, he shows how God loves us. “Friendship is mutual love, and Christ Himself teaches us that the first … Continue reading

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My Divine Friend

Friendships between human persons, says Father Cassilly, “we readily understand, and we have all experienced them in varying degrees of intensity and permanency.” But he asks: “Does it occur to us that there is such a thing on earth as … Continue reading

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Presence and Sacrifice

Father Cassilly discusses two more characteristics of true friendship: the desire to be in the presence of the beloved and the desire to make sacrifices for the beloved. As to the first, he draws upon the wisdom of St. Thomas … Continue reading

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Love Freely Given

Father Cassilly observes: “Though friendship’s love is given free it must have a return of love or it cannot live. . . . It surrenders self, but it still lives in another, and so it comes to pass that in … Continue reading

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Willing Love

Father Cassilly writes: “Love is an act of the will, and the will, like any other faculty, has its own proper object. As sounds are perceived by the ear and colors by the eye, as the intellect assents to truth, … Continue reading

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