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God’s Unconditional Love

“When we freely allow fear to dominate and change us, we live in misery far from our home of unconditional love.

Meanwhile Jesus, our example, says to the disciples and to us, “Don’t be afraid. Perfect love casts out fear.” He walked freely, lived freely, and carried on an intimate relationship with the One who sent him into the world. Throughout the nights or early mornings Jesus spent time communing with the One who loved him. Among his last words he tells us, “As the Father has loved me, so I also love you. . . . If you keep my word, the Father and I will come to you and we will make our home in you. . . . I will send you my Spirit, who will dwell with you forever, and will remind you of all I have said to you.” Jesus came to convince us that Our Maker’s love is pure gift, unearned and free.

We are free to relate with the Source of all life or not. A great love embraces all the love that you and I have ever known, from father, mother, spouses, brothers, sisters, children, teachers, friends, partners, or counselors. Welcoming unconditional love automatically makes us more like the Unconditional Lover. Divine love lasts forever.”

A Lenten reflection by Henri Nouwen, Dutch -Born Catholic Priest and Writer

Father, I thank you that you are

all tenderness and compassion,

slow to anger and rich in graciousness.

Help me to receive this truth

in my inmost heart, so that

it will free me and rescue me from the fear

and anxiety and all that keeps me from you.

I ask you this through Jesus Christ your Son

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy spirit,

God for ever and ever

Amen

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