Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday in Lent 5: Disregarding spiritual sweetness

Opening Sentence
Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Psalm 43:3

Commemoration: The Annunciation
Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord; that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 31

Lessons: Exodus 4:10-31, 1 Corinthians 14:1-19, Mark 9:30-41

If a man is moved to love God apart from any sweetness he feels, he is already focusing his love upon God, whom he does not feel.

If he sets his will upon pleasurable and consoling feelings, thinking about them and resting in them, he is setting his will on creatures or related things, making them into an end instead of a means.

That man would be very ignorant who thinks that because sweetness and delight are failing him, God is failing him, or should think that in having these he is having God.

He would be still more ignorant if he followed God looking for sweetness, and rejoiced and rested in it when obtained. In this case his love is not set purely on God alone above all things, for in clinging to and desiring what is created, his will cannot soar to God.

John of the Cross
"Advice on Disregarding Spiritual Sweetness"

Holy is His Name (Magnificat)