Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) NIV
It is good to contemplate especially when you are deeply in love with a person. Being with the one you loved is no wasted time. Every second is so precious, every detail of action is so important. Every breathe that comes out from the other is heart pounding. And the sacredness of a loving caress truly make you ask for more.
One thing I notice is that when loving couple are together privately, (sharing with my own experience) loving sigh and silence, are the best words to understand what the heart and soul says. The mere silence of the significant other says it all. You are surrounded with different profound emotions and expression of love. Pure happiness enfolds you and everything fall automatically, without any effort at all. Sacred and loving silence, without uttering a word, truly penetrates the innermost faculties of one’s heart and soul.
True love is a two way stream, NOT ONE WAY. It’s a TOTAL connection of yourself to the other. It’s a divine union with the one you love… ONE! You can understand what I am talking about ONLY IF you did fall in love deeply and gave a 100% of yourself in a relationship. IF, you gave ONLY a 99% and still save a 1% for yourself, frankly, you’ll not understand what I am sharing and talking about.
When I am alone in the most Blessed Sacrament (Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration), same thing I am experiencing with the True Lover of my Soul, Jesus Christ (as St. Therese of Lisieux described Jesus, the Lover of my Soul) I felt no boredom, but pure enjoyment in the silence of love. Being with the one you truly love made every moment especial. No uttering of words but every detail of silent conversation is so profound. No words… no thoughts… but overwhelming conversation of the heart and soul… ONE! Understanding is effortless! Alone with God, He taught me to LISTEN, to SURRENDER and to be CONSUMED by His infinite grace. What a very comforting feeling that only my True Love can give. Absolute security!
Silence is an inward maturity. Some people thought, that being physically silent, specifically by not talking or raw prudent make them arrive in a contemplative way of life. Silence is a gift, a grace from God. It is not a special spiritual tool of greatness or spiritual advancement. There is no such thing as advance in the realm of spirituality. We are all beginners to understand God’s love and every experience is quite unique. Like a child who submits to his father’s love, it entails total trust and complete surrender. This enveloped a deep relationship with the divine- self, arriving to God’s loving, powerful and holy presence. The doctors of the church manifested the same experiences, and that is simply being deeply in love with their Creator, their True Lover, Jesus Christ… this not require a higher knowledge or theology. It is God’s infinite wisdom that guide and taught them with the mysteries of His divinity and divine love… a basic fact.
Let’s go back about being in love. A person who is deeply in love expresses so much his inward disposition on the exterior. You can see love in his eyes, in his lips, in his gestures, the way he move his hands, the way he smile, the way he talk or whatsoever. Love manifested in his countenance with tremendous power, overflowing blessing and peace. The same thing, you can easily see a person who is faithful in his prayer life and if he is spiritually grounded, if he manifest all these in his action and character. Particularly, I am referring to holiness manifesting! Personally, describing it as holy silence within. Tame, joyful, loud, shining, simple, gentle, pure and very powerful!
Also, the essential and grounded verity is… experiencing all these grace and consolation is a balance of being human, with both feet on the ground, likewise, humbly coming home to God with a child-like heart, desiring to enter His grace and be carried in His loving arms.
As I end, let me share with you that your friend honeybrisket is not perfect. Unworthy as I am… God who is all merciful have a purpose for me, for you and in every situation. And this purpose is always the best for us. God uses every situation, whether the persona of that circumstance is ugly, disgusting, poor and helpless… All these are opportunities for individual growth and maturity, an avenue to change, a metanoia. For all people grow but not all people mature. And holy silence can be a great teacher in finding ourselves in the center of our being and in the community we are part with. It is being mindful of God’s presence in every detail of creation and that is a blessing of overflowing faith.
Peace to you my friend!
P.S Please read my older post and I hope that in my small way, I can extend God’s love to each and everyone. For my non- catholics friends this is an extension of the many good things that life has to offer. In peace and unity… Honeybrisketbabyfat.