Eighth Rule: FEEDING GOD IN THE SOUL – INTENTIONS OF ACTS
y child, Jesus in you above all desires love. This is spiritual food for God, who is a God of the spirit. Thus, while caring for My Son, remember this, that love is what He needs. Therefore, in all your actions, remember about love, which should be the fruit of each undertaken action. Without love, everything loses its meaning. Like salt that has lost its flavour does not add anything to the dish and does not serve it in any way; in the same way, deeds without love, words without love, and any undertaking without love is meaningless and does not bring anything to God, because He feeds on the fruits of these deeds and efforts, and not on themselves.
Love gives meaning to life. Love gives meaning to everything. An action completely devoid of meaning gains it through love, and in the same way any work can sanctify the soul and bear fruit, rejoicing God. Thus, remember that not deeds and their number must increase, not words and their beauty, but love in the soul. So try to act less and to love more. Let love be the reason for any action, not the actions in themselves. Deeds must always follow love, and not love follow deeds, because then it happens that after love is extracted from deeds, there is very little of it left, or it even turns out that love was never able to catch up with the deeds. The point is not to wait for the feeling of love in every action. It is not a question of feeling, but of the will to act out of love and with love. The intention of all action should be pure, and thus arise out of love.
Do not undertake actions if their motive is not love. God Himself acts only out of love and never acts otherwise. I was also striving for My every action to flow out of love and to be a prayer addressed to God, worshiping Him in His work of Creation, Incarnation and Redemption. I would like that every one of you consciously undertook actions, not mechanically, not by instinct, but consciously. The conscious life of a Christian is a service to God and people. The service to God consists of fulfilling His Will; the service to people consists of fulfilling the Will of God towards them.
My daughter, the whole art of a perfect life consists of serving with love and undertaking actions subjected to those higher purposes, and hence the higher Will of the Creator. From the perspective of eternal life, man sees his life and evaluates its value completely differently than he perceived it from a human perspective. All that he has done for purely human motives is a complete waste of time. All that he has done for Godly motives, and therefore guided by the service of Love, has eternal value and does not perish. Thus, sometimes action is less valuable than failure to act. For what does have value and what does not decide the intentions, either filled with love or deprived of it. Each moment of the life of man has as much value as it is filled and directed by love. Love is not a feeling, but the fulfillment of the Will of God. Do not be afraid to completely surrender and consecrate yourselves to this Will, because it gives meaning to everything. I bless you, daughter, in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Translated from : Reguła Mariańska Rycerzy Chrystusa Króla, Żertw Ofiarnych I wszystkich dzieci Maryi. Grzechynia 2014, p. 48-51
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