Friday, April 18, 2014

The Furnace of Divine Love

Our sweet Jesus has pierced your heart so deeply with the thorns of His sorrows that you will say henceforth: To suffer and not to die! or else: To suffer or to die!  or better still: Neither to suffer nor to die, but entire submission to the good pleasure of God.  Love has a unitive quality, and makes the sufferings of the beloved its own.  If you feel yourself penetrated interiorly and exteriorly with the sufferings of your divine Spouse, rejoice; but I may say that this joy is experienced only in the furnace of divine love, for the fire which burns into the marrow of the bones transforms the loving soul into the object of her love; and there, love and sorrow are so sublimely blended that the one can no longer be distinguished from the other, and the loving soul rejoices in her sorrow, and finds her happiness in her dolorous love.  Persist in the study of your nothingness and be faithful in the practice of virtue, above all in the imitation of our sweet Savior in His patience, for this is the cardinal point of pure love.  Never neglect to offer yourself as a holocaust to the infinite goodness of God.  This sacrifice ought to be made in the fire of divine charity; light it with a bouquet of myrrh, that is, with the sufferings of your Savior.  All this should be done behind closed doors, that is, apart by yourself, in pure and simple faith.

"Flowers of the Passion"
St. Paul of the Cross