Reflection 273: No Earthly Ties, Only Love of God


The pinnacle of our relationship with God includes being stripped of every other earthly tie so that nothing holds us back from running toward God with great passion and purpose.  We must be freed of every attachment in this life so that our one attachment is God and His holy Will.  This does not mean we ought to neglect our love for others.  This is especially true with family love.  Love for those in your family must take on a special focus and become total and irrevocable.  However, there is a difference between loving your family with a perfect love and being attached to them in an earthly way.  In fact, holy detachment is necessary if you are to love with the Heart of Christ.  Loving Jesus as your one desire in life will direct you to Him through others.  You will love Christ in your family and in all aspects of your earthly vocation.  But your love for all will be a love for Christ when you love Him with this perfect love.  When this happens, every other attachment will be transformed into your love of God (See Diary #1365).

What do you love in this world?  What is it that you are attached to?  Think about your greatest earthly loves.  Hopefully these loves include family members and others whom God has put in your life.  Now examine those loves and ponder whether they are centered in Christ.  By loving them are you actually loving God?  Or do these earthly loves remain ends in themselves?  Reflect upon the goal of making love of God the one and only focus of your life and try to discover how you love God in and through every other person and every aspect of your life.

My Lord, I love You and desire to love You above all else and in all else.  May You become the one and only goal of my love.  As I love You in all Your creatures may I be drawn closer to You and lavish Your perfect mercy upon their lives.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Novena to St. Thérèse, the Little Flower
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Featured image above: Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection by  Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, via Wikimedia Commons