The other evening while sitting in chapel, I was pondering what to share with you. There was a little time before Compline began, and so I picked up The Imitation of Christ that I keep in my choir stall. The text is so rich that I thought it would be worth sharing with you over the next few days...
Love is a strong force -- a great good in every way; it alone can make our burdens light, and alone it bears in equal balance what is pleasing and displeasing. It carries a burden and does not feel it; it make all that is bitter taste sweet.
The noble love of Jesus urges us to do great things and spurs us on to desire perfection. Love tends upward to God and is not occupied with the things of earth. Love also will be free from all worldly affections, so that its inner vision dows not become dimmed, nor does it let itself be trapped by any temporal interest or downcast by misfortune.
Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing higher, nothing stronger, nothing larger, nothing more joyful, nothing fuller, nothing better in heaven or on earth; for love is born of God and can find its rest only in God above all He has created.