Month: July 2014


It is the Lord who speaks: I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart. I am going to give her back her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor a gateway of hope. There she will respond to me as she did when she was young,as she did when she came out of the land of Egypt. When that day comes – it is the Lord who speaks –she will call me, ‘My husband’, no longer will she call []


Here is no martyr; no heroine; no selfless lover. I am weak and thoroughly selfish. I love You not for You, but for what You give me. I love the consolations of God, not the God of consolations. These roots are deep. And yet I am grateful for this unmasking, for I am so proud and slow that each unmasking reminds me that I am truly in need of a Saviour and Redeemer.  Only when faced with my poverty do I turn []

Ruth Burrows OCD, “Before the Living God” (p.75)

In true love for our neighbour lies all the asceticism we need. Here is the way we die to self. What are disciplines, artificial practices of penance and humility compared with this relentless pursuit of love? Perfect love of the neighbour means complete death to self and the triumph of the life of Jesus in us.