In darkness, dryness, and turmoil, even when prayer is not possible, seeds of love are planted in the soul, waiting to be watered by the power of love within you.
Divine love is non-violent, non-dogmatic, and non-absolute, because love is uniquely expressed in each situation. There is no rule of love. Love has no demand. When someone says, “You must be this way!” then that is not love. The reason the soul’s journey can be difficult is because we cannot conceive of a universal force that loves us in freedom—that wants the best for us. When there is true love, when someone loves you as the divine loves, then he or she wants the best for you.
Love heals all things. It mends wounds and soothes the broken-hearted. Love also is wise; it simultaneously recognizes both the mystery of altruistic love and the limits of conditional love. Just as God doesn’t pour the fullness of divine love into the soul all at once (because we wouldn’t be able to hold it), so do the wise measure love according to the person’s need. Wisdom may say, “I am not able to give now.” The body may say, “I cannot do more now.” The wise know that certain limitations of love are gifts of compassion.
The belief that we do not deserve love injures our hearts; these pains perpetuate self-rejection and shame. Divine love is never absent, even when we fear its withdrawal. In darkness, dryness, and turmoil, even when prayer is not possible, seeds of love are planted in the soul, waiting to be watered by the power of love within you.
Beverly Lanzetta, © 2016. Excerpt from, “Divine Love Lecture,” Monastic Retreat, 2007.
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