It is His essence, “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8). Love is who He is.
With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you.Jeremiah 31:3
This is why we long to be loved, because we actually are longing for God. We are dissatisfied without His love. As St. Augustine has put it, “You have made us for yourself O Lord and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
What we fail to realize is that our longing is but the faintest echo of God’s longing for us.
Out of the fullness of his heart during the Last Supper, our blessed Savior said,”As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love” (John 15:9).
Think about that. As the Father loves the Son, the Son loves us.
We must never doubt that we are loved completely by God. We have only to look to what God has done out of pure love for us.
Our Founder, St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar has written this profound insight:
“If you want to know the greatness of this love, mediate on God’s great acts performed for men, namely the three eternal monuments of love: the manger, the cross and the altar. Stand especially beneath the cross, and look towards the love Crucified. Stand before the Most Blessed Sacrament and mediate on the immolation of the hidden God, the immense sacrifice of self, the entire giving to men with love without limits. Then penetrate
into the Heart of Jesus and look at His love. Indeed, no one can understand what a great flame consumes that most lively Heart.”
Office of Readings of St. Joseph Sebastian Pelczar, January 19.
“We adore you, O God, here and in all Your churches throughout the whole world, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the whole world.”St. Francis of Assisi