Category Archives: Meditation

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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Beyond Family Love

Father Cassilly writes: “Nowhere is the clinging nature of the heart more beautifully displayed than in family life, where husband, wife and children are bound together with the strong cords of affection. In the family has been cradled all that … Continue reading

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A Story of Love

Here and in the next several posts, we shall hear the Jesuit Father Francis Cassilly discuss various aspects of love. In A Story of Love, Cassilly tells of a love which every man and woman is meant to experience, a … Continue reading

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