My love of you, God, is not some vague feeling;
It is positive and certain.
Your word struck into my heart,
And from that moment I loved you.
Besides this, all about me,
Heaven and earth and all that they contain
Proclaim that I should love you.
But what do I love when I love you?
Not material beauty of a temporal order;
Not the brilliance of earthly light;
Not the sweet melody of harmony and song;
Not the fragrance of flowers, perfumes, and spices;
Not manna or honey;
And not limbs the body delights to embrace.
It is not these that I love when I love my God.
And yet, when I love him,
It is true that I love a light of a certain kind,
A voice, a perfume, a food, an embrace;
But they are the kind that I love in my inner self,
When my soul is bathed in light that is not bound by space;
When it listens to sound that never dies away;
When it breathes fragrance that is not borne away on the wind;
When it tastes food that is never consumed by the eating;
When it clings to an embrace from which
It is not severed by fulfillment of desire.
This is what I love when I love my God.
~St. Augustine’s Canticle of Love; Confessions 10, 6-8.
Happy Valentines Day from all of us at the Catholic Apostolate Center! May the LOVE of God and the LOVE of our Faith continue to grow in each of us!
The Catholic Apostolate Center invites you to join in prayer and thanksgiving for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, and for our Church at this time of transition. Pope Benedict XVI always emphasized the intrinsic connection between faith and charity, similar to St. Vincent Pallotti, founder of the Union of Catholic Apostolate and patron saint of the Catholic Apostolate Center. His humility in this decision is a great example of a true servant of Jesus Christ. The Holy Father has been a gift to the Church, and the effects of his Petrine ministry will be felt for years to come.
May Mary, Queen of Apostles, continue to guide Pope Benedict XVI, and may the Holy Spirit be with the College of Cardinals as they soon gather to elect his successor.
Fr. Frank S. Donio, S.A.C., D.Min.