About Me

I have done a lot of things in my life and have also worked in many different jobs to make a living and to experience life. This blog is just some of my musings, sometimes funny, sometimes inspirational, sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes simple but all the time, it's just me.

Monday, August 2, 2010

The measure of love is to love without measure

The measure of love is to love without measure.

Saint Francis de Sales C.O. (French: Saint François de Sales) (August 21, 1567 – December 28, 1622) was Bishop of Geneva and is a Roman Catholic saint.

He is known also for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly Introduction to the Devout Life and Set Your Heart Free.

Saint Francis de Sales used a four part approach to Christian meditation based on "preparation", "consideration", "affections and resolutions" and "conclusions".

In the preparation part, one places oneself in the presence of God and asks the Holy Spirit to direct the prayer, as in the Epistle to the Romans[8:26]: "The Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know what to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words."

In the consideration part, one focuses on a specific topic, e.g. a passage from the Bible.

In the affections and resolutions part, one focuses on feelings and makes a resolution or decision. For instance, when meditating on the Parable of the Good Samaritan one may decide to visit someone sick and be kind to them.

In the conclusion part, one gives thanks and praise to God for the considerations and asks for the grace to stand by the resolution.

He also said to be who you are and be that well.

So, I need to be who I am and to be that well. Also I need to love without measure.

Something that I need to do, not a wish, a hope, a want ... but a need.

Take care and be well.

No comments: