Dwelling in the Heart of Christ and achieving sanctity from St. Alphonsus April 15, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, reading, Saints, sanctity, Society, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.
Just a brief post of a beautiful hymn I found in St. Alphonsus Liguori’s The Holy Eucharist. I follow that with a brief synopsis of the path to sanctity from the same work, but quoting St. Thomas Aquinas.
The hymn is called The Loving Spouse in the Heart of Jesus
I dwell a captive in this heart,
On fire with love divine;
‘Tis here I live alone in peace,
And constant joy is mine.
It is the Heart of God’s own Son,
In His humanity,
Who, all enamored of my soul,
Here burns with love of me.
Here, like the dove within the ark,
Securely I repose;
Since now the Lord is my defense,
I fear no earthly foes.
Now I have found this happy home,
God’s love alone I prize;
All else is torment to my heart,
The world I now despise.
What though I suffer, still in love
I ever true will be;
My love of God shall deeper grow
When crosses fall on me.
Then he who longs with me to seek,
Repose within this nest,
All love that is not love for God,
Must banish from his breast.
Ye haughty lovers of the world,
Full of self-love, depart!
Away, away! No place is found
For you within this Heart.
Each vile and earthly chain impedes
The soul’s true heavenward flight;
All, all the heart belongs to God
Love claims his sovereign right.
From every bond of earth, dear Lord,
Thy Grace has set me free;
My soul, delivered from the snare
Enjoy’s true liberty.
I cannot love Thee as I ought.
This pains me, this alone;
For all my love must have an end;
Thy goodness, Lord, has none.
One thought brings comfort to my heart –
I love a good so great.
That though I love him all I can,
More love he merits yet.
Naught more can I desire than this,
To see His face in Heaven,
And this I hope, since He on earth
His heart in pledge has given.
Now quoting from a different part of the book:
In order to arrive at the perfect love of Jesus Christ, we must adopt the means. Behold, then, the means which St. Thomas Aquinas gives us:
- To have a constant remembrance of the benefits of God, both general and particular.
- To consider the infinite goodness of God, who is ever waiting to do us good, and who ever loves us, and seeks form us our love.
- To avoid even the smallest thing that could offend Him.
- To renounce all the sensible goods of this world, riches, honors, and sensual pleasures.
Father Tauler says that meditation on the sacred Passion of Jesus Christ is a great means also for acquiring His perfect love.
Achieving sanctity is not complicated, but it is profoundly difficult. So many great Saints and other holy personages have struggled with this process – which sounds so simple! – for their entire lives. Our fallen natures, and the temptations of the world and the devil, make holiness something not often achieved in this life. Thank God He had compassion on us and gave us a way to expiate our temporal debt due to sin in the sufferings of Purgatory. That is true godly mercy, not the false worldly variety we hear so much about today.