Catholic devotional DAILY DEVOTIONS: Oct 27 'Only in Love'


DAILY DEVOTIONS:
Oct
27
'Only in Love'
Rather, living the truth in love we should grow in every way into him who is the head...
- Ephesians 4:15
Years ago, I wrote a book called Traits of a Healthy Spirituality. In it, I tried to show what a healthy Christian spirituality looks like. Some of the chapters were dedicated to qualities such as wonder, joy, compassion, prayerfulness, courage as well as balancing work and leisure. There are 21 chapters in all.

But if I had to summarize what a healthy Christian spirituality looks like, I could do it in one word: Jesus. In fact, our Christian spirituality, if it is authentic, helps to make Jesus present in our time, place and circumstances--through our unique gifts and even our limitations. As St. Teresa of Avila said over 400 years ago, "Christ has no body now but yours...no eyes, no feet, no hands, no voice but yours."

We must live this great truth not in self-righteousness, not in arrogance. No, we must live this great truth in love. Only in love.
Jesus, help me to speak the truth in love by my presence today, wherever I may be and whatever the circumstances.
- Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.

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