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Getting Rid of too much Self-love

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The Master always begins by making himself known, loved, and appreciated in a sensible manner. Later he deprives the soul of these consolations in order to withdraw it from the grossness of the sens­es and to bring it into more excellent, more intimate, and more enduring union with himself in pure faith and pure spirit. To complete this purification, these deprivations must be followed by sufferings (interior if no other), interior rebelliousness, diabolical tempta­tion, distress, helplessness, and distaste for all good, which themselves can sometimes amount to a kind of agony.

All these serve admirably to rid the soul of its self-love and to give it certain features of resem­blance to its crucified Spouse. All these agonies are so many blows which God levels at us to make us die to ourselves. The more self-love resists this spiritual death, the more savage these blows appear and the more cruel the agonies.

The divine love is a double ­edged sword that smites self-love until it is com­pletely destroyed. Our pain has its source in that stout resistance offered by this accursed love of our­selves which hates to relinquish the control it has acquired over our heart and to allow the love of God to reign there in peace. If that love of God finds no obstacle to its divine ardors and no foe to resist it, it will make none but sweet and delightful impressions upon the heart.


Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

Author Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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  • J from the U.P. says:

    Self implosion due to confusion is how I would describe what I just went through. We all know confusion is not of God. So how did I end up so far afield. Lack of obedience…maybe. Lack of custody of one’s heart, mind, and will…maybe. Ultimately, I did not deny…self.

  • Rachel says:

    “Touche” to this article. Thanks for posting it.

  • Joan HAMLIN says:

    Purification requires suffering.

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