“LORD, GIVE ME YOUR LOVE WITH WHICH YOU WANT ME TO LOVE!“
The above is a short prayer which St. Josemaria told Our Lord Jesus Christ many times during his lifetime which we could pray as well, for the divine call of loving God with a total love and with our entire being and our neighbor for Him could only be achieved through His grace. Besides, holiness, as St. Josemaria taught is the “plenitude of charity,” that is, the striving daily with the indispensable help of God’s grace to live this virtue till the end of our life and in the next, for the only limit of love is that of having no limits.
St. Augustine as well has a famous prayer which is as follows:
Give me yourself, O my God, give yourself to me. Behold I love you, and if my love is too weak a thing, grant me to love you more strongly. I cannot measure my love to know how much it falls short of being sufficient, but let my soul hasten to your embrace and never be turned away until it is hidden in the secret shelter of your presence. This only do I know, that it is not good for me when you are not with me, when you are only outside me. I want you in my very self. All the plenty in the world which is not my God is utter want. Amen.
Lord, you have made us for love and we wish to love you with our all but we cannot without your help. Hence, grant us the love with which You want us to love You and our neighbor, including those who hate or offend us. For we want to love you more than a good mother loves her son, much more than an avaricious person loves his gold, and a lot more than we love ourselves
Mother of Fair Love, pray for us so we may have no other goal in this life than to love and serve God and the people whom He placed near us!
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