Charity – Second Day of November
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart. This is the greatest and the first commandment,
and the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” — St. Matt. 22:38
When one has placed his whole heart in God, there is no more affection for earthly things. The Grandeur of honors, the distinction of riches do not attract it anymore; it finds its only consolation, its only safety in God. — St. Teresa.
When St. Bernard found any pleasure in created things, he was in confusion, and humbled himself, saying: “The love which I have for God is not very ardent; if it were, I would enjoy nothing outside of Him.”
St. Catharine of Genoa, full of love for God, cried out: “No, no more attachment for the world; no more affection for all that the world loves. If I were mistress of a thousand worlds, I would renounce them all that God might be the master of my heart.”
There was nothing in the heart of St. Ignatius Loyola but God, the desire to please Him, and to gain souls to Him.
It is said in the Life of Father Peter John Cayron that this holy religious had no other passion than the love of God, and to see Him loved by his neighbor.
O my God, I return Thee my heart; it belongs to Thee. Grant that it may never be attached to things of earth; that I find no pleasure but in Thee.