Before You Go you must experience God’s Love.
Jesus told St Catherine of Sienna, “never look at your sins without first looking at My Love.”
We read in 1 John 4: 10-20, “Love consist in this not that we have loved God but that he has loved us first.” Sometimes we think that the most important thing is how much we Love God. However, the most important thing is not how much we Love God, but How much God loves us. If we Love God it is only because He has first loved us.
The Love of God is the Big Bang of the Spiritual life. In the same way, everything in the universe flows from the Big Bang. Everything in the Church flows from the Big Bang of God’s Love. Bishop Loverde writes, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing. The fire our Lord came to set is nothing less than His own love, indeed the fire from His Sacred Heart. We cannot share this love if we have not experienced it healing warmth and strength.”
We read, “A recent Pew research study revealed that nearly a third of self-identified Catholics believe in an impersonal God-in other words, an impersonal force.” One author said the most important question is not whether or not God exist. The most important question is whether or not God is Love. Scripture tells us in first john, “God is Love.”
We come to know God’s Personal Love for me in His Church. Bishop Loverde writes, “And yet many say, I believe in Christ, but I don’t need the human community of the Church. This is contrary to the mind of Christ.” Quoting Pope Francis who says, “No one is saved alone, as an isolated individual, but God attracts us looking at the complex web of relationships that take place in the human community.”