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The Most Excellent Way
God of love,
unlimited vastness of love
you have created within our world
an immense reservoir for love.
You have poured into it abundantly
your own love
through the self-giving humility of Jesus.
You call us, through self-offering prayer
to contribute our love
to that resource,
through the power of the Spirit,
becoming a well-spring,
available to the whole world,
whenever we ask.
Nurturing, caring, strengthening,
We recognise within ourselves
seeds of that love,
a gift from you
for us to tend and grow,
as we offer
that transforming power of love to others,
known and unknown,
friend and stranger.
Help us to experience
that most excellent way of love
and to remember that,
when faith, hope and love
are all that remain,
the greatest of these
A reflection by Carlo Carretto
That God exists is no secret.
It is clear to see!
That God is good is no secret.
It is the experience of every ready heart.
That God is beautiful is no secret.
It is written on every flower, on the sea and on the mountains.
That God is immense is no secret.
All you have to do is look at the Universe.
That God is near is no secret.
You only need to look at a couple on their honeymoon,
or a hen with her chicks,
or two friends talking,
or an expectant mother.
But then, where is the secret?
Here it is:
God is a crucified God.
God is the God who allows himself to be defeated;
God is the God who has revealed himself in the poor.
God is the God who has washed my feet,
God is Jesus of Nazareth.
We were not accustomed to a God like this.
Reflections on Love
“Love is eager, sincere and kind; it is glad and lovely; it is strong, patient and faithful; wise, long-suffering and resolute; and it never seeks its own ends, for where a man seeks his own ends, he at once falls out of love.” Thomas a Kempis
“Existence will remain meaningless for you if you yourself do not penetrate into it with active love and if you do not in this way discover its meaning for yourself. Everything is waiting to be hallowed by you; it is waiting for this meaning to be disclosed and to be realised by you… Meet the world with the fullness of your being and you shall meet God. If you wish to believe, love!” Martin Buber
“Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you have perceived it, you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly more and more every day.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky