Personal Love for Jesus


Michael Casey is a Cistercian monk of Tarrawarra Abbey in Austrailia.
The Cistercians were a renewal movement within the Benedictine tradition. The great founders of the Cistercians included people like Bernard of Clairvaux and Aelred of Rievaulx. Central to their way of spirituality was the deep love of Jesus and to grow in one's love for God. The list below is found on pages 147-154 of :

Strangers to the City: Reflections on the Beliefs and Values of the Rule of Saint Benedict

Each of the following points receives a very moving exposition by Michael Casey. But I at least wanted you to see his main points about our "personal love for Jesus."

Personal love for Jesus is fed by constant meditation on the Gospels.

Personal love for Jesus goes hand in hand with the actualization of our deeper self.

Personal love for Jesus demands an equal measure of self-disregard.

Personal love for Jesus, if it is genuine, opens the frontiers of the heart to other persons.

Personal love for Jesus, if it is genuine, is able to withstand the vicissitudes inherent in every interpersonal relationship.

Personal love for Jesus, if it is genuine, has the capacity to rebound after major betrayal.

Personal love for Jesus, if it is genuine, matures with the person - emotionally and intellectually.

Personal love for Jesus is wholesome.

What is needed above and beyond anything else, if for you and I to grow in our deep, deep love of Jesus. The video that follows may be useful for a few minutes of worship, prayer, reflection and drawing close in love and friendship to Jesus.

Unfortunately, there is a short (stupid) commercial before this beautiful video.


Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org

LCI - Helping you deepen your Personal Love for Jesus