Valentine’s day has come and gone. And yes, I ate too much sugar haha. It’s national chocolate day to me. 😉
But since love is “in the air” let’s talk about it shall we?
*cough cough…. “When two people fall in love…”
Just kidding we are not going there. haha. Let’s go deep instead because why not?
Do you truly love Jesus? Are you connected at heart?
If we want fully love Jesus and enter into His heart. We must love what Jesus loves. If we share the same love as Jesus, we will open the door to his heart.
And the core of Jesus’ love is through suffering.
St. Bernadette explains it beautifully: “I must die to myself continually and accept trials without complaining. I work, I suffer and I love with no other witness than his heart. Anyone who is not prepared to suffer all for the Beloved and to do his will in all things is not worthy of the sweet name of Friend, for here below, Love without suffering does not exist.“
Love without suffering does not exist.
Jesus accepted the suffering of the cross out of love for us. He welcomed it. Kissed it. Bore it with great love.
Likewise, He calls us to welcome suffering with love. Because when we do that, we are sharing in the same love as Christ.
If we realize that suffering with love and joy is the key to Jesus’ heart, it may not be so hard to accept the trails.
Boom. We just discovered the secret to the Christ’s heart! 🙂
We actually may grow to love them because we know they are an open door to union in Christ’s love.
Loving bears suffering. Suffering tests love.
What if Jesus is allowing you to suffer because He wants you to come closer to His heart?
It is easy to be mad at God for allowing us trials. Yet, if we realize that the trials are an invitation to unite to Christ, we may actually grow to welcome the trials.
“I shall spend every moment loving. One who loves does not notice her trials; or perhaps more accurately, she is able to love them. I shall do everything for Heaven, my true home. There I shall find my Mother in all the splendor of her glory. I shall delight with her in the joy of Jesus himself in perfect safety.” – St. Bernadette