To love than to be loved

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To love than to be loved

 

 

 

 

The term agape, which appears many times in the New Testament, indicates the self-giving love of one who looks exclusively for the good of the other.

(Message of his Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2007)

 

 

 

It is with such inner freedom and such burning charity that Jesus teaches us to find him in others, first of all in the disfigured face of the poor. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta loved to distribute her “visiting card” on which were written the words: “The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace”. This is the way to meet Christ. Go out to meet all of human suffering spurred on by your generosity and with the love that God instills in your hearts by means of the Holy Spirit: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). The world is in urgent need of a great prophetic sign of fraternal charity! It is not enough to “speak” of Jesus. We must also let him be “seen” somehow through the eloquent witness of our own life (cf. Novo Millennio Ineunte, 16).

(Message of the Holy Father John Paul II to the Youth of the World On The Occasion of the XIX World Youth Day 2004)

 

 

 

Man is created to love. He is there in order to lose himself, to give himself. But it is also easy for him to withhold himself, to want to be just himself.

(Benedictus p. 190)

 

 

 

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And let us know grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith

(Gal. 6:9-10).

 

 

God is love and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. In this is love perfected with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so are we in this world.

(1 Jn 4:16-17).

 

 

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When I help my Sisters draw very close to Jesus—when I teach them to love Him with a deep—devoted—personal love—I long to be able to do the same.—The Sisters in front of my very eyes I see them love God—come so close to Him—grow daily so much like Him—and I, Father—am just “alone”—empty—excluded—just not wanted. And yet in all the sincerity of my heart—I am happy to see Him loved—to see the Sisters grow like Him. I am happy to love Him through them. (CBML, p. 222)

 

 

 

Those who see us must see the love of Jesus. . . . The God we are to reveal is the God who first revealed Himself as love. It is love that must direct every decision and every action.

 

 

 

Love is giving. God loved the world so much that He gave His son. Jesus loved the world so much; loved you, loved me so much that He gave His life . . . and He wants us to love as He loved. And so now we have also to give until it hurts. True love is a giving and giving until it hurts.

 

 

 

The purpose of every consecrated woman is to satisfy the infinite thirst of Jesus on the Cross to receive everyone’s love. Our joy must come from the fact that people have experienced God’s love for them, through our loving service.

 

 

 

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WEEK 2

 

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Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.

(John 13:1-8).

 

 

In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

(1 John 4:10-12).

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus, through Saint John, taught us how to deal when we are hurt. He gave Judas a piece of bread silently and Judas understood and left. Jesus knew but the other apostles didn't know why Judas went out. See the delicate love of Jesus. See the terrible sin of Judas at the table with Jesus. And again, when he came to betray Jesus in the garden with the sign of peace—a kiss—Jesus did not withdraw. He could have disappeared, for He knew from that kiss would come crucifixion. . . . How Jesus loved the one who betrayed Him. Misunderstandings will happen. Words will be said. There will always be somebody to carry tales, but Jesus is there to teach us how to love.

 

 

 

It is not enough to say “I love you”. Not enough, do something. And that something should be something that hurts you. Because true love hurts. When you look at the Cross you know how Jesus loved us. He died on the Cross because He loved you and He loved me. And He wants us to love like that.

 

 

It is not enough to say “I love you”. Not enough, do something. And that something should be something that hurts you. Because true love hurts. When you look at the Cross you know how Jesus loved us. He died on the Cross because He loved you and He loved me. And He wants us to love like that.

 

 

 

Everyone, no matter how difficult they are to live with, have some good qualities. We should take the trouble to look for them and to appreciate them. Remember the story of the Little Flower? There was one sister in her community who used to really annoy her and she used to avoid her whenever she could. Then she made a resolution to go out of her way to be kind and loving towards that same sister. Whenever she met her she would give her a warm smile, then one day that sister called her aside and asked, “St. Therese, what is it in me that you love so much?” Nobody knew how much she had been controlling herself in her heart. You see . . . the saints have the same difficulties and troubles as us but the difference is that they made strong resolutions and kept them at any cost.

 

 

 

Knowledge of Christ and Him in His poor will lead us to personal love. This love only can become our light and joy in cheerful service of each other. Do not forget we need each other. Our lives would be empty without each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

 

 

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

(Mt 5:43-48).

 

 

 

The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

(Romans 13: 8-10).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some people came to Calcutta and before leaving, they asked me, “Tell us something that will help us to live our lives better” and I said to them, “Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — doesn’t matter who it is — and it will help you to grow in greater love for each other.” And then one of them asked me “Are you married?” And I said “Yes, and I find it difficult sometimes to smile at Jesus.” And it is true. Jesus can be very demanding also. And it is those times, when He is so demanding to give Him a big smile – is very beautiful. And this is what Jesus has asked us to do, to love one another — again and again. How? As the Father has loved Him. And how did His Father love Him? Through sacrifice, through giving Him to die for us. And so if you really want to overcome the world, you will not overcome the world with bombs and arms and destruction; let us overcome the world with love. Let us make so many bombs of sacrifice and love and we will overcome the whole world.

 

 

What you have received from Jesus give generously. He loves me. He took all the trouble to come from heaven to give us such good news—to love one another. . . . Like St. Maximilian, he was not the one to be chosen. That man said, “Oh my wife, Oh my children. . . ” and he [St. Maximilian] said, “Take my life”. And we know what happened. They put him in jail to die of starvation. We don’t know what is the pain of hunger, we don’t know. I’ve seen people die, real hunger, [for] days. So, he did not die. So they gave [an] injection. Why did that man do that? Greater love. Would I do that for my sister?

 

 

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WEEK 4

 

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But if any one has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth.

(1 Jn 3:17-18).

 

 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

(John 13:34-35).


 

 

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Jesus Christ loves you and loves me and He gave His life for us and if that was not enough for Him, He kept on saying, “Love as I have loved you, as I love you now.” And how do we have to love? Love is in the giving, for He gave His life for us; and He keeps on giving and He keeps on giving right here, everywhere in our own life and in the lives of others. It was not enough for Him to die for us, He wanted that we love one another, that we see Him in each other, that’s why He said “Blessed are the clean of heart, they shall see God.” And to make sure we understand what He means, He said at the hour of death we are going to be judged on what have been to the poor – to the hungry, the naked, the homeless. And, He makes Himself that hungry one, that naked one, that homeless one – not only hungry for bread, but hungry for love; not only naked for a piece of cloth, but naked of that human dignity; not only homeless for a room to live, but homeless for being forgotten, being unloved, uncared, being nobody to nobody, having forgotten what is human love, what is human touch, what it is to be loved by somebody. And still “whatever you did to the least of this my brethren, you did it to me.” It is so beautiful for us to become holy through this love for holiness is not the luxury of a few, it is a simple duty for each one of us and to give love, we can become holy.

 

 

“Like this they will know that you are my disciples,” Jesus said, “by your love for one another.” By that concern for one another, by that preoccupation with the needs of one another. When we hear about that country, that home, that family, do we know their needs? And if we do, what have we done? Maybe we cannot do much, but that knowledge, that sharing must be there. I think, this is for me the true love of a co-worker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.
To love than to be loved. 

 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 


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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

To love than to be loved.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


 

 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

To love than to be loved. 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

To love than to be loved. 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace

To love than to be loved. 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

To love than to be loved. 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

To love than to be loved.

 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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