Beads of Joy 05-19-10
Jesus - Heart of Charity
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
Heart of Jesus 3/5
What is a heart of charity? It is a heart that is full of love for God. We must have a pure heart, one that is empty of all things and is only consumed by our love for God. Our hearts must be so on fire for God that satan dare not come close. Can we live that way? Can we at least try to live that way? I know many of us can live that way from time to time and on certain days, I have been there I fully understand. The challenge is to make it become who we are all the time. One thing is certain in loving God. "But the man who loves God is known by God." 1 Corinthians 8:3. God knows our heart, He knows our ulterior motives. He knows why we say and do the things we do. This is why our hearts must be pure in His love. Untainted by the world's desires and purpose. Our love for God goes hand and hand in our love for our neighbors. Scripture is our friend, and so we need to search the scriptures, love the scriptures and embrace the words God has spoken for us. "The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did" 1 John 2:4-6.
We are so fortunate to have the wisdom of the saints to reflect upon. God has given us people like us to turn to for wisdom that help us draw closer to Him. Check this out: "The soul that is united with God is feared by the devil as one who is where God Himself is." St John of the Cross. That is powerful and that is something we can keep in mind as we pray. Jesus Christ must be our first and foremost thought at all times. Our love for Him, must be sincere and our love for Him must be true. He comforts us, He loves us, He forgives us, He has died for us. No one in this world will ever love us like He does and has and continues to. "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him." 1 John 4:9. Jesus is the way for all of us for follow. 1 John is loaded with some very inspiring scripture. "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." 1 John 4:11-16.
Scripture can be such a magnificent inspiration. Today let us focus on opening our lives and hearts fully to Jesus. Ask Him to be thee absolute center of your life. All things you do should revolve around Him. Build a wall, a wall that keeps the devil out. A wall that is built with your love for Jesus. Nothing can penetrate a wall like that. Stand strong in what you believe in, I always say that "political correctness" only weakens a country and it destroys our own love for God. If we indeed know and believe and love God who is real, don't allow anyone to take that away from you. I always speak about being bold in your faith. Well it's true we need to be. If you love somebody, do you not stand boldly and say, "I love so and so" or that you love your kids. The same way needs to be done with our faith. The only way I won't speak up about my faith is if I am dead and buried, and if that be the truth, I'd be even happier to be even closer to my Lord.
Embrace charity into your heart and share that love you have for God with everyone. Open those flood gates of joy and happiness that fills your heart with so much love that you can't contain it. "Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly." St. Ignatius Loyola, "Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums up man's entire relation to God and to his neighbor." St Aelred of Rievaulx. Just a couple more inspiring quotes. "The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God." St. Sebastian, I like that one. And then this is the last one, "No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. Do not talk about Jesus Christ as long as you love this world." St Ignatius of Antioch
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO