WHAT IS LOVE OF GOD?
To say that we love God is to say that we have good will towards Him, and wish what He wishes. Hence he who loves rejoices when the loved one is happy, for then he has what he desires; and when matters go badly with the loved one he is sad, because things are not as he wishes.
Now the happiness of anyone consists in this: that everything happens according to his pleasure; and that is why it is said in the Gospel that that man loves God who keeps His commandments, that is to say who accomplishes His will: because then he acts according to the good pleasure of God, and is well disposed toward God.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930