relate authentically to God only insofar as that relationship bears fruitin love of “the other.” Loving Godcarries within itself moral imperatives.
Both Saint Ignatius and SaintFrancis of Assisi spent much of theiryoung life fantasizing about romantic love. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux wasbrought up to be spoilt and self-seeking. For each of them, falling inlove with God meant being set freeto love in a deeper and wider waythan they had ever dreamed of.
THOSE CALLED toreligious life need a bigheart, capable of lovingwidely. Pictured hereis Sister Clare Ehmann,S.S.J. with a guest at St.
Joseph’s Northside, aneighborhood drop-incenter in Rochester,New York.
to be at the heart of our lives. Thekey to a successful life is to love Godthrough loving people.
When someone tells me they areconsidering becoming a religious, Ithink, do they have experience withloving and stable relationships? Arethey open to loving and committed relationships with all kinds ofpeople, including those in need? Youneed to have a very big heart to be areligious.
The truth is we need a big heartto be a Christian of any kind. We
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