Love Thy Neighbour

“The foundation, the very rock, on which sanctifying grace is built is love of God, that Divine fire in the human heart which our Saviour said He came on earth to bring.”

“This is the first and greatest commandment, and, again He tells us, ‘the second is like unto the first: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ About the first there can be no mistake; but how many there are who are under a complete delusion about the second! And what is the result? They strive earnestly and genuinely to increase in the love of God knowing that it is the beginning and end of all spiritual life. . . . Their hearts remain cold and dry, and they complain that religion gives them no consolation. In a majority of cases, and especially in that of men and women leading Christian lives who would shrink from the commission of gross sins, and perhaps not be tempted to fall into them, the cause is want of supernatural love of their neighbour.”

“The first time [Christ] exercised His omnipotent power over His own creation, He did so at Our Lady’s intercession, in order to save the passing confusion of His host. And He worked it in spite of the fact that His ‘hour was not yet come.’ And this was but the beginning of that series of acts of gracious mercy, and forgiveness, and healing, which was summed up in the Gospel narrative by the phrase, ‘He went about doing good.'”

“Even more striking are the words of warning He used to His disciples on the same subject: ‘I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you; that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh His sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth on the just and the unjust. For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even the publicans this?’ (Mt 5:44-46) ‘Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.’ (Lk 6:36-37)”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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