Friday, July 20, 2007

Meditation 81


The Crown of Love

1. God is Love.
This is the sweetest and most exact definition of God. Thus is he defined by the Disciple of love, by the one who learnt it whilst hearing the beating of the Heart of Christ, when leaning on it during the Last Supper. All that God could say has been condensed into this divine word: Love is the very essence of the life of God, its term and goal.

Indeed, the life of God, as that of the pure spirits, consists exclusively in knowing and loving. But, in some way, knowledge is directed towards love as to its goal and necessary compliment. If God is infinite, eternal, uninterrupted knowledge, He is, and above all, love by essence. He loves Himself because He knows Himself and thus does God want to be known by men.

The Lord said once to a holy soul: "Call Me the Lord, the Omnipotent, the Creator, but above all call Me the Love since this is the name that most pleases Me and this is the truth you must especially know of Me."

See, then, how all the manifestations of His life towards us are as many expansions of His love. Creation, Preservation, Incarnation, Redemption cannot be understood except through love. If therefore love is the life of God, it must necessarily and essentially be found in the three Divine Persons. This name, however, is especially applied to the Holy Spirit because He proceeds by way of love from the Father and from the Son.

Then, if God the Father crowns Mary with His omnipotence, if God the Son makes Her a sharer of His wisdom, it is quite fitting that God the Holy Spirit should when crowning Her, immerse Mary in the source and spring of all love. See then your Beloved Mother shining with the internal force of that fire of divine love which burns Her with a similar impetus as that with which the three Divine Persons are consumed; in those tides of love in which they are completely immersed.

[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]