you alone are the Lord. Your dominion is our salvation, for to serve you
is nothing else but to be saved by you! O Lord, salvation is your gift and
your blessing is upon your people; what else is your salvation but receiving
from you the gift of loving you or being loved by you?...
"[Jesus] taught us to love him by first loving us, even to death on the cross. By loving us and holding us so dear, he stirred us to love him who had first loved us to the end...
"Everything he did and everything he said on earth, even enduring the insults, the spitting, the buffeting - the cross and the grave - all of this was actually you speaking to us in your Son, appealing to us by your love and stirring up our love for you...
"You know that this disposition could not be forced upon [human] hearts, my God, since you created them; it must rather be elicited. And this, for the further reason that there is no freedom where there is compulsion, and where freedom is lacking, so too righteousness..."
From a discourse, On the Contemplation of God, William of St. Thierry, abbot
(Nn. 9-11; Sc 61, 90-96)
The Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings, Monday of the Third Week of Advent.
A Table of Contents:
I. Using this Method to Plan Advent
- A. An Overview
of the Process
- B. An Existential Approach to Advent
- - 1. A Focus
from the Prophets
- C. Sample Responses from Planning
- D. December,
the Month of Martyrs
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