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Daily nurturing our love

October 08, 2019 - Tuesday 4:10 AM by Fr. Roy Cimagala

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   Given our human condition, marked as it is with many ups
and downs, we need to see to it that our love continues to burn
regardless of the changing circumstances. We have to nurture it such
that at the end of the day we can really say that all our time has
been spent in love. Love should be the original and ultimate motive of
our day, since love takes care of everything. All other motives only
play supporting roles.
            Where there is love, we will always have joy and peace,
eagerness and drive to do things, even to the point of making
sacrifices for others, giving ourselves to them in all generosity and
gratuitousness. We would even be willing to bear and assume the
burdens of the others.
            Where there is love, boredom can hardly enter into our
lives. We may be tired physically, emotionally, mentally, but deep
within us there would still be that burning, raging desire to give
ourselves to others without counting the cost. Our weaknesses and
difficulties would not be a reason to complain. And when we feel them,
we would be happy to consider them as living proof of the intensity of
our love.
            Where there is love, temptations would find it hard to
find their way to us. Love is a natural repellant to temptations, sin
and all forms of evil. And that’s because love by its very nature is
always hot, and like a hot soup where no flies would ever dare to get
close to it, love drives away temptations.
            Of course, we have to understand that the love we are
talking about here is the real love that comes from God, and is lived
always with him. It cannot be just any kind of love that is generated
merely by our own feelings and estimation of things. It is the love
that Christ talked about when he said, “A new commandment I give to
you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (Jn 13,34)
            We need to see to it that we have this real love by always
taking care of our intimate relation with God. We need to talk to him
always, relating everything to him, asking for enlightenment,
motivation, and any help we need. We should always be drawn to him in
an increasing way as the day goes on.
            This definitely would need that we be simple and humble so
that the faith, hope and charity that God shares with us get
activated, and we get to see things in a spiritual and supernatural
way, and not just in a natural way that will always be marked by our
limitations and weaknesses, not to mention, temptations, sin and all
forms of evil.
            We have to be wary of the constant danger of spiritual
lukewarmness when we get contented with what we think is already
passable insofar as our relationship with God is concerned. This
danger puts us at the mercy of our physical, emotional, intellectual
condition, etc.that cannot fully cope with the demands of the
spiritual and supernatural reality of our life.
            Every so often during the day, we have to check whether
what is truly guiding us as we go through the different events of the
day are the principles of faith, hope and charity, and not just the
state of our human and natural conditions. We have to develop the
skill of detecting whether we are being spiritual and supernatural in
our outlook or just being human and natural.
            We have to reaffirm our conviction that it is the
spiritual and supernatural aspect of our life that gives the proper
direction to our human and natural conditions. It is what would keep
us going despite difficulties, trials, failures, and the like that we
can encounter during the day.