Boundless Love

God’s patience has to call forth in us the courage to return to Him, however many mistakes and sins there may be in our life… It is there, in the wounds of Jesus, that we are truly secure; there we encounter the boundless love of His heart. – Pope Francis

For The Countless Times

For the countless times I sinned
And you still took me in.
For the countless times I strayed
And you still held my hand
Willing to lead me back
Again and again.

For the countless times I faltered
And you never gave up
But continued to believe
That I can still get up.
For the countless times I’ve hurt you
But you never complained
And you kept on loving me
Again and again.

It is for these and for countless things more,
For things that words could never express
That I give you my praise, my heart and my soul
Hoping and praying that I could love you more.

O how I pray for the time
And how I long for the day
That I won’t hurt you
And I won’t fail you anymore.
But until that day
I pray you show me the way
To keep on believing
To keep on hoping
To keep on returning
Again and again
To you.

If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him. – Luke 17, WEBBE

Have confidence, My child. Do not lose heart in coming for pardon, for I am always ready to forgive you. As often as you beg for it, you glorify My mercy. – Divine Mercy in My Soul, 1488

The Courage To Love

To love is to not be afraid. It is to be far more courageous than you ever thought you could be. – Jocelyn Soriano

For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. – 2 Timothy 1, WEBBE

Love is not a mere sentiment. It is not something that merely makes us feel all good and light inside, something that warms us on a rainy day. Love is so much more than that!

Love is the fire that propels us onwards, it is the strength that helps us bear the storm. Love is the power that changes us for the better, that inspires us to sacrifice something we hold dear for the sake of our beloved ones.

Love is that courage we have to defend our loved ones, to stay with them even if we get nothing in return. For the reward of love is love itself. And its happiness is always in the heart of the one it loves.

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can learn to be less afraid of fear – especially by meeting it with love. – Stephanie Dowrick

Being True

“The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather to what he does not say.” – Kahlil Gibran

Honesty doesn’t mean you have to reveal everything to people. There is some part in us that can be understood only by a few, some special place that can only be shared with those whom we love the most.

It doesn’t mean we have to lie. But it means having the right expectations, not assuming that everyone else will be able to share your happiness or to understand the days when you cry.

We don’t need the whole world’s applause just to know we’re living meaningful lives. Sometimes all we need is just a few people who know who we really are and who accept us and love us no matter what we’re going through.

One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him. – John 14, WEBBE

What Frightens Us

“Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

Some people, when they are afraid, they become angry too, but then all that we can see is this anger, how they explode and seem to lose all control. What we do not see is this great fear within them, a helplessness masked by the outward rage.

Underneath it all is a vulnerability that has shielded itself so it can’t be touched. So no one may hear what it is really screaming about.

And that is why it takes much courage to love. While it is true that we must be cautious also, we must not be so frightened too much as to fail to see a heart that is only longing to be heard, to be loved.

The LORD himself… goes before you. He will be with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged. – Deuteronomy 31, WEBBE

Forgiven

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says Yahweh: “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. – Isaiah 1:18, WEB

No matter how good we are or how holy we tried to be, there is some part of ourselves that’s burdened by past mistakes. It is that part that never quite goes away even though we try again and again to cover it or to deny that it even exists.

There is some part in ourselves that need to be forgiven, some part in our hearts that long to be freed from guilt. We need someone else to declare that our sins have indeed been blotted out, that they have been swept away. We need to hear it. We need to know that we are no longer being blamed.

Take heart, O soul. For your God is ever ready to relieve you from pain. Through a repentant heart, you obtain in Him freedom, you obtain forgiveness from all your sins. You are not blamed, you are not condemned. On the contrary, you are embraced, you are welcomed in great delight, you are loved!

It’s toughest to forgive ourselves. So it’s probably best to start with other people. It’s almost like peeling an onion. Layer by layer, forgiving others, you really do get to the point where you can forgive yourself. – Patty Duke

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. – Peter Ustinov