What can separate us from the love of Christ?

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My love for you is constant and unchanging.
It does not fluctuate according to moods or seasons.
My love for you glows and burns like a steady flame that is tall and bright.
Never doubt of my prevailing love for you,
the love that will triumph in you and around you,
provided that you come to me with confidence
and offer me all your infirmities, your weaknesses,
and even your sins.

Nothing so grieves my Divine Heart as the doubt of my merciful love.
Sin in all its forms and manifestations offends me
and grieves my most loving Heart,
but one who doubts of my merciful love
grieves me in a way that you cannot imagine.
It is because I am Love, and all Love;
it is because my Mercy is the expression of my Love towards sinners,
that my Heart suffers when these same sinners close themselves to me
by doubting that I am all Love
and ready to forgive all.

Never let sin become a pretext for staying away from me.
Instead, let sin be a catalyst pushing you into my presence.
There, in my presence, as in a furnace,
sin is consumed in the fire of merciful love,
souls are made clean, healed, and restored to my friendship.

I reject no one who comes to me with confidence in my merciful love.
My arms are open to receive repentant sinners
into the embrace of my my merciful love;
even more, my side was wounded,
so as to give sinners a way into my inmost Heart:
their hospital, their refuge,
their place of healing, and refreshment,
and holiness,that is, separation from all that is incompatible with my love.

When you are weak, come to me.
When you are burdened, come to me.
When you are fearful, come to me.
When you are assailed by doubts, come to me.
When you are lonely and fearful, come to me.

Let no thing separate you from my Heart,
which is ever open to receive you.
It is the Evil One who seeks to turn souls away from my Heart.
It is the Evil One who sows the seeds of doubt, of fear, of sadness in souls,
so as to turn them away from me
and drive them into the cold pit of darkness and despair
that he himself inhabits.

My Mother, on the other hand, raises souls when they fall;
she instills in them a confidence in my loving mercy,
a readiness to believe in my merciful love,
a desire to come into my presence
and to expose to me, the Divine Physician,
the wounds suffered in spiritual combat.

My Mother is the Mother of Holy Hope.
She is the Mother of Holy Confidence.
One who entrusts himself to my Mother will never fall into the pit of despair.
Even when sorely tempted, there will remain in that soul
enough confidence to turn to me,
and make an act of abandonment to my merciful love,
that will touch my Heart,
and release from it a torrent of forgiveness, of healng, and of mercy.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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