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Loving God is more than an emotion


For many of us, we tend to confuse love with emotions.  But if the emotions are not there, is it still possible to love?  For Therese of Liseux, the answer is yes!

Despite receiving no consolations from her relationship with God in the last years of her life, Therese continued to pursue and love God during her “dark night.” Ahern states, loving God for Therese was not to be confused with an “emotional experience”. 51

Her love for God and His love for her was the “central reality of Therese’s life”, says Ahern He later says, “The whole purpose of her earthly life was to love God and make Him loved.”

She asked her friend Maurice to pray the following for her:  “I ask you to set my sister on fire with Your Spirit of Love, and to grant her the grace of making You deeply loved.” Therese understood that because God had drawn her to His love, it was natural that she herself would draw others to love Him.

I love the prayer she sent Maurice “I ask of you Jesus, a heart that loves you, a heart that cannot be conquered, always ready for battle after each tempest, a heart that is free, never seduced, a heart that is straight and never walks on crooked paths.”

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  1. Charlie
    October 3, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Paula and I were just discussing this over coffee this morning. How do we love God in the absence of feeling/emotion? How do we take what love we have and grow it? Thanks so much for the timely post.

  1. September 7, 2009 at 9:44 pm

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