Theology of the Heart: Wisdom of the heart- St. Margaret Mary
WE MUST KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST WHICH SURPASSES ALL KNOWLEDGE
LETTER FROM ST.
From the Office of Readings, Oct 16
It seems to me that our Lord's earnest desire to have his Sacred
Heart honored in a special way is directed toward renewing the
effects of redemption in our souls. For the sacred heart is an
inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out
into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to
lead lives according to his good pleasure.
From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is
the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their hearts
sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of
charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking
perfection to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From
the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends
who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unite to himself so
that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their
individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory.
This divine heart is an abyss of all blessings, and into it the poor
should submerge all their needs. It is an abyss of joy in which all
of us can immerse our sorrows. It is an abyss of lowliness to
counteract our foolishness, an abyss of mercy for the wretched, an
abyss of love to meet our every need.
Therefore, you must unite yourselves to the heart of our Lord Jesus
Christ, both at the beginning of your conversion in order to obtain
proper dispositions, and at its end in order to make reparation. Are
you making no progress in prayer? Then you need only offer God the
prayers which the Savior has poured out for us in the sacrament of
the altar. Offer God his fervent love in reparation for your
sluggishness. In the course of every activity pray as follows: "My
God, I do this or I endure that in the heart of your Son and
according to his holy counsels. I offer it to you in reparation for
anything blameworthy or imperfect in my actions." Continue to do
this in every circumstance of life. And every time that some
punishment, affliction or injustice comes your way, say to yourself:
"Accept this as sent to you by the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ in
order to unite yourself to him."
But above all preserve peace of heart. This is more valuable than
any treasure. In order to preserve it there is nothing more useful
than renouncing your own will and substituting for it the will of
the divine heart. In this way his will can carry out for us whatever
contributes to his glory, and we will be happy to be his subjects
and to trust entirely in him.
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