God doesn’t require the impossible

This is My commandment: that you love one another [just] as I have loved you. – John 15:2 Amp.

If He commands it, He makes it possible.  To say “I can’t love like that is a lie because the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit present in my soul since my baptism enables me to do all that God requires of me.  

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Whoinfuses inner strength into me; I amself-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. – Phil. 4:13 Amp.

Love is not an emotion; it does not depend on “liking” or even knowing the other person. It involves making a choice to speak or to act in a way that serves or blesses another at some cost to ourselves.  It entails sacrifice and the willingness to suffer intensely for the good of anther.  

Jesus gave everything and emptied Himself completely out of love for us. His commandment is to love others in the same way He loves.

The truth is that I lack the willingness to make sacrifices, that I am far too attached to my own will, to comfort and convenience.  I am too slothful, miserly, judgemental and selfish.

I need to practice making sacrifices of my time, resources and self-will for others.

(Lectio Divina: John 15:12)

THE CHAPLET OF THE FLAME OF LOVE – TO HELP TO SAVE YOUR NEIGHBOURS (PRAYED ON ORDINARY ROSARY BEADS)

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Originally posted on Prayers4reparation's Blog:

THE CHAPLET OF THE FLAME OF LOVE

At the beginning, make the Sign of the Cross five times, in honour of Our Lord’s Five Holy Wounds. Using a normal rosary, on the large beads say:

“Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us who seek refuge in thee!”

On the small beads, say:

“Holy Mother, save us through your Immaculate Heart’s Flame of Love!”

At the end, recite three times in honour of the Trinity:

“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.”

PROMISE:

The Blessed Virgin has proclaimed that while these prayers are recited, “no dying soul in that neighbourhood will be damned” and that her Flame of Love will extend even to the poor souls in Purgatory and their families. (Virgo Incoronata, 2003)

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