Charity Above All Things

A reading from the Letters of Saint Joachina de Vedruna, 1783-1854

(From the Common of Women Saints, DO II, p. 440*; or III, p. 661*.)
Joachina de Vedruna

If only we were all on fire with love for God! If we were, we should preach love, proclaim love, and yet more love, until we had set the whole world on fire. We must have great desires: then God will give us whatever is best for us.

We must be careful to free our hearts from everything that might get in the way of the pure love of our beloved Jesus. He is love itself, and wants to give himself to us through love. Jesus is calling us all the time — how long are we going to remain deaf to his voice? No, we must keep our hearts ready, our wills completely for Jesus, our faculties and our senses for our Lord.

There must be no undue attachment in our hearts for created things; they must burn with love alone, love ever more fervent; for love never says ‘enough,’ never rests until it is completely on fire. When our hearts are completely on fire with pure love for Jesus, everything that might hinder love from taking complete possession will be cast out.

We must not give into weariness: we must spend every minute in loving God. God alone, the maker of heaven and earth, must be our rest and our consolation. The love of God is the only thing we can possess for ever; everything else will pass away.

Love, love, and yet more love — love that is never satisfied! The more we love God, the more we shall long to love him. And when we have Jesus in our hearts, we shall have everything else in him and with him.

PHOTO SOURCE: "Joaquima de V, Morell, 1903" by Francesc Morell i Cornet (1845 – 1916) — imatge escanejada (scanned image). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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Catherine is a member of Our Lady of Mercy Lay Carmelite Community. “An apostle must pay with himself for those he wants to win [for Christ].” Divine Intimacy, 326,2

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Joachina de Vedruna was born in Barcelona in 1783. In 1799 she married Theodore de Mas, by whom she had nine children. After her husband died, she founded the Congregation of the Carmelite Sisters of Charity. She was known for her devotion to the Holy Trinity.