Day 1-Lent Practice: How? Be devoted to God

Category : Daily Lent Practice

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” (Matt 22:37)

“What does to ‘love God with all our hearts, with all
our souls, with all our mind, and with all our strength’
mean? This means to be steadfastly devoted to God
with our whole hearts and souls; that is, with all the
strength and fullness of love that is possible for the
human heart, not sharing our love in the same measure
with any other being, however, beloved, needed, and
dear that being may be to us.

To love God with all [our] heart, and so forth, means
to think more often and more readily about God and
what is pleasing to God, because in general it is an
attribute of the love of our heart that the one whom
we sincerely love is constantly with us in our thoughts.
We are often separated from the one we love, but
are always with that one in our thoughts: looking at,
listening to, and speaking with him or her.

To love God with all [our] heart means to speak
about the Lord God, as often, as long, and as readily
as we can. Because it is an attribute of the love of our
heart that we speak as often, as long and as willingly
as possible about whom we sincerely love, for you
speak of whatever lies deepest in your heart; ‘for out
of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.’
(Matt 12.34).”


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