Love of Jesus Christ – Twenty-Second Day of January
Love of Jesus Christ.
“If any man love not Our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.” — 1 Cor. 16:22.
The cross of Jesus Christ possesses a marvelous virtue. The recollection of it alone will put to flight legions of our invisible enemies, will sustain us in our combat with them, and preserve us from the temptations which surround us. — St. Augustine.
In our temptations let us imitate the blessed Cæsar de Buz, who defended himself with the cross alone against all the wicked suggestions of the demon. Taking this precious shield in his hands, he cried: “Fly, enemies of my salvation and of my God; fly, demons. Behold the cross of the Saviour! It is this instrument which has broken the gates of hell. O my Saviour, by the merits of Thy cross deliver me from my enemies.”
Let us enter into the dispositions of a great servant of God, who exclaimed: “My God, have pity on me through the merits of Jesus Christ. I will live only in union with Him. I unite my senses with His senses, my mind with His mind, my heart with His heart, my sentiments with His. I would wish to have the same contrition for my sins which He had for them, and I desire that these be the affections of all who have hearts capable of loving.”
Jesus crucified, give me a love of Thy cross, and convert those who are its enemies.