Evidently it costs much to immolate oneself; but to love does not cost. "Ubi amatur non laboratur," as St. Augustine notes, "Where there is love there is no pain, or if there is pain, it is suffered willingly as a proof of love."
As Lent progresses I must seek to advance more and more in love. The Introit begins: Oculi mei semper ad Dominum, "My eyes are ever toward the Lord." I will look more and more toward Jesus suffering. The sight of Him will give me courage and stimulate my zeal.
"O Jesus; You have so loved me, teach me to love You. May meditation on Your cruel sufferings animate me! I wish to follow You, my crucified Master, by accepting my daily little crosses, the cross of my Rule, the cross of my office, the cross of aridity, the cross of illness, or old age, anticipated crosses and those that take me unaware. But O Jesus, increase my love that I may be enabled to do all that I resolve."_________________
Adapted from Meditations for Religious
by Father Raoul Plus, S.J. (© 1939, Frederick Pustet Co.)