Thursday, June 23, 2005

Real Love

'Let everyone understand that the real love of God does not consist in tear-shedding, nor in that sweetness and tenderness for which we often long, just because they console us, but in serving God by serving those around us, in justice, fortitude of soul, and humility.'

- Teresa of Avila

The ultimate test, the highest result of true contemplation must be the most liberal of service. Because servanthood is the measure of completeness and freedom. When I have renounced all need (even the need to be useful!), only serving remains. When I serve so self-lessly, I have complete freedom from the grips of Self. - YY


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