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January 05, 2007


Father Elijah

Saint John of the Cross' dictum: "Where you find no love, put love, then you will find it"

Simple words. No abstractions here, but so profound-yes mystical.

In these concluding days of our Christmas-Epiphany Feastivals, the Church has provided rich food us in the readings in the Liturgy of the Word. At this time, the Church opens for us the First Letter of John. Here is what many believe is the core of His Letter:

"Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for GOD IS LOVE.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us,
that God sent His only-begotten Son
into the world,
so that we might have life through Him.

In this is love,
not that we loved God
but that He loved us
and sent His Son to be the expiation
for our sins.

Beloved if God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another.
No man has ever seen God;
if we love one another,
God abides in us and
His love is perfected in us"
[1 John 4. 7-12 RSV]

Josephine Gatchell

Sister Amy Welborn, May Our Heavenly Father keep You and Yours in the Palm of his hand as we climb the Mountain of God together, from the Hobnobing Hermit

Josephine Gatchell

PS. AS Saint Bernard said the fruit of love is love

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