21Aug “The whole world is in a terrible state o’ chassis.”

Seamus Ahearne watched an ordination to the diaconate. "The simple gesture of granny Pola taking each child up for Communion with her arms around them was special. It oozed with love. There is real diaconate. I couldn’t help wondering if celibacy makes for detached-faith and non-incarnational religion."

21Aug 21 August, 2020. Friday of Week 20

If we truly love God we will be caught up into God's love for all of humanity, including our enemies. In Jesus' eyes, those who proclaim their loving devotion to God while damaging other human beings in any way are the worst form of hypocrites. Jesus gave himself completely in love to God and, as a result, he gave himself fully in love to others. We need his Spirit in our hearts, the Holy Spirit, if we are to love in this same twofold way.

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