"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 6:68


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Monday of the Eleventh week in Ordinary Time
Commentary of the day
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897), Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Poems “ Vivre d'amour ” and “ Pourquoi je t'aime, ô Marie ” (©Institute of Carmelite Studies)

"Hand him your cloak as well"

Living on Love is giving without limit
Without claiming any wages here below.
Ah! I give without counting, truly sure
That when one loves, one does not keep count!...
Overflowing with tenderness, I have given everything,
To his Divine Heart... lightly I run.
I have nothing left but my only wealth:
Living on Love.

Living on Love is banishing every fear,
Every memory of past faults.
I see no imprint of my sins.
In a moment, Love has burned everything...
Divine Flame, O sweetest Blaze!
I make my home in your hearth.
In your fire I gladly sing: (cf Dn 3,51)
I live on Love!...”

“Living on Love – what strange folly!”
The world says to me, “Ah! stop your singing,
Don't waste your perfumes, your life.
Learn to use them well...”
Loving you, Jesus, is such fruitful loss!...
All my perfumes are yours forever.
I want to sing on leaving this world:
“I die of Love!”

To love is to give everything. It's to give oneself.

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