You know that perfect love is acquired when we possess the object of our love. So why do you have so much fruitless anxiety and discouragement? Always long for more love with complete confidence, and do not be afraid.

-from Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day


Embracing the Universe – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

Living a spiritual life makes our little, fearful hearts as wide as the universe, because the Spirit of Jesus dwelling within us embraces the whole of creation.  Jesus is the Word, through whom the universe has been created.  As Paul says:  “In him were created all things in heaven and on earth:  everything visible and everything invisible – all things were created through him and for him – in him all things hold together” (Collosians 1:16-17).  Therefore when Jesus lives within us through his Spirit, our hearts embrace not only all people but all of creation.  Love casts out all fear and gathers in all that belongs to God.

Prayer, which is breathing with the Spirit of Jesus, leads us to this immense knowledge.

For further reflection…

“As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” – 2 John 6b