“God is love” (1 John 4:8)
Therefore, we can adopt the following statement as a spiritual maxim: “ALL THAT IS NOT GOD IS NOT WORTHY OF ME.”
You were made for God. There is no possibility of true happiness without God. Thus, Saint Augustine says in very famous words: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
Anything that drags you away from God is not worthy of you...because you were made for God. Anything that attempts to lure you into taking your repose in perishable things is not worthy of you…because you were made for God and everlasting happiness.
Dear God, you have given me a mind with which to know you, and a heart with which to love you. Oh Lord, let me fathom the immensity of my soul and the immensity of my desires, and cling more tenaciously to You who alone are the fulfillment of all desire.
Let us abandon the illusion, as Dr. Susan Muto says, that our “ALL” could be found in anything other than God.
Tom Mulcahy, M.A.
Reference: This note is based on Father Jean Grou’s awesome essay, “On the Dignity of Man,” where he gives us this rule for life: “Everything that is not God is not worthy of man.” It is Father Grou who says that God gave us a mind in order to know Him, and a heart in order to love Him. Father Grou also mentions the immensity of the soul. My short note cannot do justice to Father Grou’s powerful essay which is perfect for meditation. The essay is found in Grou’s classic work, Manual For Interior Souls, which is a series of awesome essays on the spiritual life. I believe it is Father Faber who points out that there is no possibility of happiness without God. When we do each act with purity of intention, for love of God, then we are on a saintly path.
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