Every morning I end prayer time by reciting a version of the Anima Christi that I learned from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. One line consistently brings me pause: “Let me not run from the love which You offer.” Why is it so difficult for me to believe deep in my core that I am loved?
I can’t even begin to talk about loving others if I don’t trust and accept the generous love God has for me. In today’s reading, St. John makes it clear: “this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us” (verse 10). First and foremost, God loved me, he loved us. I can only believe in this love if God is not an idea in my life, but a relationship. As I sit in quiet prayer with him, this reality grows in my heart.
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