Notes on “Crossing the Threshold of Love” – II

“If the body is not humble, it will obscure not only the true love between man and woman but also that between man and God.” (42)  This, I think, speaks again to the fact that if we do not have self-control, self-mastery over our selves and our will, then we are not going to be able to make an authentic, free gift of ourselves to an other.  Only in a sincere gift of self, are we fully realized.  So, in a way, if I wish to be free, truly free, then I must self-impose limits and truly discern the Lord’s will and conform my own will to His.  Not for His benefit.  But for mine.  How very hard that is to remember, especially when there are so many things that I want, and try to convince myself that I need.  Things will never do it for me, but they are so very attractive, sometimes it’s hard to see beyond the packaging and realize that it’s only a momentary distraction from that which is most important:  my relationship with God.  And not only in things of the world as in material goods do I need to be wary of forming an inordinate attachment, but also the very real danger in my own case of seeing myself as a thing or a commodity.  If I do not see myself as having any value, what does that say about any attempt that I make to make of myself a gift for another?  An empty gesture?

“The proper object of the will is the good as perceived under the light of reason.” (51)

“…the great philosophers have only one word to say and spend their whole life saying it.” (53) I wonder if this is related to the idea that priests have only one homily, which they will preach over and over…. 🙂

Receiving the Eucharist…Such a Joy!

Ever have one of those days where you are completely overcome by the power of the Eucharist?  Today was one of those days for me. 

I am blessed to be able to go to Mass daily before work.  This morning, I had concern for someone, so I prayed for him throughout the Mass.  After the consecration, when I saw him eat the Lord’s body and drink His blood, I could have cheered.  I was beyond joyous at the fact that he had received our Lord.  I have reason to believe that he does this on a fairly regular basis, so it was not that it was an anomalous event, but I was so convinced of the fact that the Lord was going to do something amazing for him.

I think that’s the definition of “having hope in the Lord.”  I was grinning like an idiot for the rest of the Mass.  And, still am, if truth be told.

Thanks be to God for this amazing gift you have given us in the Eucharist!  May the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ bring us all to everlasting life.  Amen.  🙂