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Preeminent Love

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      This commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
         --1 JOHN 4:21

      HE who loves God all else above,
      His own shall also clasp
      In circles ampler far of love
      Than weaker arms can grasp;
      And farther down through space and time
      His sympathies descend and climb.

      THE true proficiency of the soul consists not so much in deep thinking, or eloquent speaking, or beautiful writing; as in much and warm loving. Now, if you ask me in what way this much and warm love may be acquired, I answer,--By resolving to do the will of God, and by watching to do His will as often as occasion offers. Those who truly love God love all good wherever they find it. They seek all good to all men. They commend all good, they always acknowledge and defend all good. They have no quarrels. They bear no envy. O Lord, give me more and more of this blessed love! It will be a magnificent comfort in the hour of death to know that we are on our way to be judged by Him whom we have loved above all things. We are not going to a strange country, since it is His country whom we love and who loves us.
         --ST. TERESA

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