Have you ever liked someone? I’m pretty sure that most of us (if not all of us) have at some point. You can spend all the time you want thinking about the person, stalking them on Facebook or asking everyone you know to get information about them. The feelings never sink in until you actually talk to the person. Sometimes, your sentiments might completely change and you move on. Other times, the infatuation increases. The more you talk to them, the more you wish for something to happen. More and more, you try and find ways to be around them, even if it’s with a group of people. You want to be near to them. You want your feelings to be returned. You ultimately want to be loved.
Let me be realistic here. I might just be describing the heart and mind of a woman. I cannot comment on the other end so gentlemen, I’m giving you some great insight! Stay with me as we continue because I promise this has meaning for you as well!
When it all comes down to it, the desire for Love is written on the human heart. Notice that the word ‘Love’ is capitalized. I’m not talking about your run of the mill crushes (‘Hey I like you and you like me so let’s be boyfriend/girlfriend’) or romances (A guy giving a girl flowers on a day that is not Valentine’s Day or their birthday). I’m talking about true Love itself (check out 1 John 4: 7-12), the joyous, self-sacrificing Love that does not hesitate to give all away to and for the one He loves. This is a Love that does not abandon. This is a Love that give hope. This is the Love that our hearts remain restless for until we rest in God (oh St. Augustine!).
My dear brothers and sisters, how many times do we say that we want to be closer to God and have a stronger faith? The only true way to do this is to love Love! You can think all you want about God, ask Core team members or friends about who God is, or read book upon book about Him. As important as all of these things are, nothing replaces intimacy with our Lord. Prayer and encounter God in the sacraments are key. Like any relationship, there will be times when it’s easy to talk with God (praying and reading Scripture) and be with Him (going to mass or adoration). Other times, the world can distract us or we might not be feeling His presence with us. If you truly love someone, you know that these moments of silence and darkness, the deserts, are only momentary. You know that there is joy waiting for you on the other side.
If you’re like me, one of the biggest things to get in the way of loving God is myself. I fail at life, a lot. It surprises me that after everything I’ve done and might do again, someone can still love me so truly and deeply. In our weakness, we must remember that God’s mercy is stronger. We will fail, we will sin, but Christ who loves us to the point of death is waiting with outstretched arms upon the cross, ready to embrace us.
You want to love God? Be a stalker. I don’t think He’ll mind at all. Be near to Him as much as you can. Talk with Him whenever you can. Lean upon His most Sacred Heart, gaze into His eyes and find the peace and love that you’ve been searching for all of your life. Don’t fall for cheap and easy imitations the world has to offer. Don’t go for a generic brand. Get the real deal. You won’t find a Love like this anywhere else.
If you don’t know what to say, listen to a song or look to the saints for help. Here’s a prayer from one of my favorite saints that helps me pray.
O my God, Trinity whom adore, help me to be utterly forgetful of self so as to be rooted in you, as changeless and calm as if I were already in eternity. May nothing disturb my peace or draw me out of you, my unchangeable One, but at every moment may I penetrate ever more deeply into the depths of your mysteries: Make me peaceful, make me your heaven, a home that you love and the place where you can be at rest; may I never leave you there alone, but be there entirely absorbed, in living faith, wholly adoring, freely given up to your creative action… O my ‘Three,’ my All, my Bliss, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I give myself up to you as your prey; immerse yourself in me that I may be immersed in you until I go to gaze forever, in your light, on the boundless depths of your greatness. -Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
oremus pro invicem