Thought of the Day January 15, 2019 Love is a choice to surrender to another

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In answer to the question, “Why was I made?” an earlier catechism answer responded, “I was made to know, love and serve the Lord in this life and to be happy with him in the next.” When we acknowledge the great commandment, we say “You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your mind, with all of your strength and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” To do what these two faith proclamations state, we must choose to align our will with the will of God for us. To do otherwise is to oppose the Lord’s plan by substituting our own plan of life, thus making ourselves the center of life and not God.

Such surrender and alignment can only occur when the love of God is the motivation and not the love of self. This happens when we fall so in love with God that nothing and no one, including ourselves is more important to us. “Love is the ‘weight” of a soul which draws it as if by a law of gravity to what it loves and where it finds its rightful rest.” (Raniero Cantalamessa, Life in the Lordship of Christ, p. 144).


Choosing out of love to unite our will to the will of God makes this act of surrendering an act of true freedom. We are no longer bound by the law of sin with its roots within us, but are free to live the life of the Spirit, the call to holiness. 

"Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures--I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father."  (Charles de Foucauld)

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