And now back to our regularly scheduled program...
This morning I was reading a wonderful book, and re-read something I had heavily underlined a few months ago. Funny, how I need to be reminded - I just don't remember things. This seems to answer some of the questions I have been asking myself over the last week. So, allow me to quote a paragraph from the book "Three Philosophies of Life" by Peter Kreeft:
"Saint Augustine, in his sermon 'On the Pure Love of God', imagines God coming to you with a question similar to the one he asked Saint Thomas. The point is kind of a self-test to find out whether you have the 'pure love of God', that is, whether you are obeying the first and greatest commandment, to love God with your whole heart and soul, in that deep, obscure center of your being where your 'fundamental option' decides your eternal destiny. Augustine supposes that God proposed to you a deal and said, 'I will give you anything you want. You can possess the whole world. Nothing will be impossible for you. You will have infinite power. Nothing will be a sin, nothing forbidden. You will never die, never have pain, never have anything you do not want and always have anything you do want -- except for just one thing: you will never see my face.' Would you take that deal? If not, you have the pure love of God. For look what you just did: you gave up the world, and more -- all possible worlds, all imagined worlds, all desired worlds -- just for God. Augustine asks, 'Did a chill arise in your heart when you heard the words 'you will never see my face'?' That chill is the most precious thing in you, that is the pure love of God."
I am pleased to report that I have that chill. I think you probably all do too.