Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Meditations for Lent

It is a great mistake to be afraid of God your Father and to act in His presence like a timid and craven slave, trembling with fright before his master. True, He is infinite Majesty, but He is also infinite Goodness and infinite Love. There can be no greater Lord than God; neither can there be a more ardent lover than He. Therefore, it is a great mistake to think that to converse with God is wearisome and bitter. No, it cannot be. If your God is wearisome and bitter he is false: you commit idolatry.

Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends. Consider that no one - whether friend or brother, father or mother, lover or spouse - loves you more than your God.

Your God is ever beside you: He is even within you. The heart of man is, so to speak, the paradise of God.

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