Friday, December 17, 2021

December 17--Sacred Heart of Love

You must not abandon the ship in a storm because you cannot control the winds... What you cannot turn to good, you must at least make as little bad as you can.  --Thomas More

    This is a heart message to me, and as joy would have it, I am reading this week an interesting meditation series on our sacred hearts from the Center for Action and Contemplation. These are the words of David Richo:

The Heart of Jesus is a passionate devotedness to the well-being of humanity. To follow Jesus is to be possessed by that same passionate intention. Indeed, to say that God created the world is to affirm that it vibrates at a pitch identical to the nature of God, who is love. Indeed, the pitch we were meant to live at is love. Life does not ever feel quite right unless love is the best and greatest part of it. . . .
Our heart is the soft center of our egoless self and it has one impelling desire: to open. The heart is the capacity to open. This is the force that complements our other powers. It takes us beyond our limits. It contains our ability to reach out so it is the antidote to despair. We are spiritually coded in ways we have not yet dared even to imagine. The depths of our spiritual capacity are still unplumbed. Contemplation of Jesus’ Heart shows us how deep we really are, how vast our potential for love, how high our aspiration for the light. . . .

     I do not consider myself a "Christian," because the far-right direction that term has taken makes me nauseous. Actually, I do not adhere to any religious label or dogma. I do, however, feel that Jesus gave us an excellent example of how to live. The devotion to love is the key. It does not need to be Mother-Teresa-style sainthood love. Simple love of self, family, friends and neighbors does the job. 
    'Tis the season to practice more love,


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