Love #2

This corruption of love can be romantic also in its love of God.  It is no longer Christ Himself that is loved and sought, but perhaps an objectivized ‘experience’ of Christ, a degree of prayer, a mystical state.  What is loved then ceases to be Christ, but the subjective reactions which are around in me by the supposed presence of Christ in thought or love or prayer. TM, Disputed

The romantic tendency leads to a substitution of aestheticism, or false mysticism, or quietism, for genuine faith and love, and what it seeks in the Church is not so much reality as a protection against responsibility.  TM, Disputed

A living organism cannot be held together by merely mechanical and exterior means.  It must be unified by its own interior life-principle. TM, Disputed

merely bringing people to submit to authority by external compulsion is not sufficient to unite them in a vital union of love with Christ in His Church.  Obedience without love produces only dead works, external conformity, not interior communion. TM, Disputed

It is so easy to satisfy oneself with external conformity to precepts instead of living the full and integral life of charity which religious rules are intended to promote.  TM, Disputed

A communion between persons implies interiority and depth.  It involves the whole being of each person – the mind, the heart, the feelings, the deepest aspiration of the spirit itself…. it also presupposes individual differences. TM, Disputed

I must learn that my fellow man, just as he is, whether he is my friend or my enemy, my brother or a stranger from the other side of the world, whether he be wise or foolish, no matter what may be his limitations, ‘is Christ.’ TM, Disputed

Since Christ Himself loved us when we were by no means worthy of love and still loves us with all our unworthiness, our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.  That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. TM, Disputed

What we are asked to do is to love; and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbor worthy if anything can.  TM, Disputed

There is no way under the sun to make a man worthy of love except by loving him.  As soon as he realizes himself loved – if he is not so weak that he can no longer bear to be loved – he will feel himself instantly becoming worthy of love. TM, Disputed

In order to be fully himself, man needs to love another as himself.  In order to realize himself, man has to risk the diminution and even the total loss of all his reality, in favour of another, for if any man would save his life he must lose it. TM, New Man

we cannot love unless we also consent to be loved in return.  TM, New Man

We need to see good in ourselves in order to love ourselves.  God does not.  He loves us not because we are good, but because He is.  TM, New Man

As long as we are on earth, the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another, because this love is the resetting of a Body of broken bones.  TM, New Seeds

Even saints cannot live with saints on this earth without some anguish, without some pain at the differences that come between them. TM, New Seeds