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Sunday, September 6, 2020

How to Love As Jesus Loves~9

(Chapters 15 and 16)  
     Father Donnelly teaches us that "sympathy is nurse for the illness of the soul." It is unselfish and "the flower of Christian Civilization." He reminds us that "the Heart of Christ was made for others," and that Our Lord "does not withhold the blood of His Heart from anyone." We learn in these chapters that, with full understanding of how we are hurt by others, Jesus places urgent importance upon the virtue of forgiveness. 
          Timeless Catholic writings are keys that help us to appreciate the vast treasures of our faith. I look forward to sharing more about  How to Love As Jesus Loves, Unlocking the Treasures of Christ's Sacred Heart,  by Francis P. Donnelly, S.J.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

How to Love As Jesus Loves~8

(Chapters 13 and 14)  
     In chapter 13, the author refers to the "moral pericardium" and "human pericardium" in his description of selfishness and the desires of the human will. He states that the early Christians were more successful at living compatibly with the Heart of Christ because they threw away their self will. Their unselfish hearts beat as one with the heart of Jesus.
     The focus of Chapter 14 is that "Christ's love is the light that heals the blindness of the soul." 
     Timeless Catholic writings are keys that help us to appreciate the vast treasures of our faith. I look forward to sharing more about  How to Love As Jesus Loves, Unlocking the Treasures of Christ's Sacred Heart,  by Francis P. Donnelly, S.J.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

How to Love As Jesus Loves~7

(Chapters 11 and 12)
     Chapter 11 bears Father Donnelly's reminder that Jesus never abandons us. Chapter 12 describes Christ's rebuke of insincerity and hypocrisy of the heart.
    "God is a person and has a personal love for us all." says the author. Jesus' love for us carries neither wavering nor duplicity. 
Jesus' vivid comparison of insincerity to bone filled tombs, dirty dishes and poisonous snakes highlights the importance He places on His followers truly loving one another, as He loves us.   
      Timeless Catholic writings are keys that help us to appreciate the vast treasures of our faith. I look forward to sharing more about  How to Love As Jesus Loves, Unlocking the Treasures of Christ's Sacred Heart,  by Francis P. Donnelly, S.J.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

How to Love As Jesus Loves~6

(Chapters 9 and 10 )
     In Chapter 9 we learn what it means that we are the object of Our Savior's love. Chapter 10 reveals Christ's supernatural remedy for the heartbreak of earthly failure.
    Jesus delights in and abides within the heart that seeks the treasures of Heaven. Further, as evidenced by the events on the road to Emmaus, Jesus enlivens the hearts of His followers even at their darkest moments. He continues to do the same for us today at any time that we faithfully welcome Him into our hearts. There is no hopelessness which cannot be gloriously transformed by an infusion of His love. We are His treasures and He loves us without measure. 
      Timeless Catholic writings are keys that help us to appreciate the vast treasures of our faith. I look forward to sharing more about  How to Love As Jesus Loves, Unlocking the Treasures of Christ's Sacred Heart,  by Francis P. Donnelly, S.J.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

How to Love As Jesus Loves~5

(Chapters 7 and 8)  
     Chapter 7 explores the supernatural power of Our Lord's heart felt words. Chapter 8 addresses Christ's potent quieting of emotional  despair. 
    The words of Jesus came from His heart. The turbulent sea was calmed, the eyes of blind were opened, demons fled. Absolution of sins and the super substantial transformation of bread and wine continue today, as ordained Catholic priest's words are spoken in persona Cristi. Prayers are daily answered. Miraculous healings are daily attributed to the power of The Great Physicians' words. 
      Timeless Catholic writings are keys that help us to appreciate the vast treasures of our faith. I look forward to sharing more about  How to Love As Jesus Loves, Unlocking the Treasures of Christ's Sacred Heart,  by Francis P. Donnelly, S.J.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

How to Love As Jesus Loves~4

(Chapter 4)
  
    Studying this brief chapter opens hearts in humble preparation for Lent. Holy contrition sets aside entitlement to any pride filled perception of spiritual vigor. A closer look at its deepest meaning facilitates a sublime contrition that unites our hearts with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The author states "Contrition must be supernatural." Rather than focusing upon "giving up" something of our limited human design, our soul becomes more available to understand what God wants this Lent. Only He knows the glories and beauty of the path He has selected for us!
     Timeless Catholic writings are keys that help us to appreciate the vast treasures of our faith. I look forward to sharing more about  How to Love As Jesus Loves, Unlocking the Treasures of Christ's Sacred Heart,  by Francis P. Donnelly, S.J.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

How to Love As Jesus Loves~3

(Chapters 5 and 6 Healing and Holiness)
     In chapter 5, the author contrasts the hearts reaction to two types of interpersonal loss: death and separation. Father Donnelly's depiction of the seemingly irreparably broken heart's response to these types of loss underscores the supernatural depth of healing afforded to us by Jesus. Christ's Sacred Heart remains lacerated to provide us with a healing outpouring of His love. The author explains: "There was, then, no wound of death which His heart did not feel and there was no wound of estrangement which He was not called upon to suffer."
     Chapter 6 reminds us that Our Blessed Lord also teaches us that our hearts are the source of both holiness and sinfulness. Do our seemingly charitable actions come from hypocricy or Christian love? Our true motives are determined by the condition of our hearts. "What comes out of the heart reaches a wire which sends a man's soul over the wide chasm of the grave into the the unending depths of Heaven or Hell.", writes Father Donnelly.
      Timeless Catholic writings are keys that help us to appreciate the vast treasures of our faith. I look forward to sharing more about  How to Love As Jesus Loves, Unlocking the Treasures of Christ's Sacred Heart,  by Francis P. Donnelly, S.J.