"God has loved us from all eternity.
Children of men, says the Lord, remember that I frist
loved you. You had not yet been born, the world itself
did not exist, and even then I loved you. As long
as I am God, I have loved you; I have loved you as
long as I have loved Myself"
"The love of God is never idle.
When it really fills a soul, it never fails to operate
great things in it. Whenever it does not work, but
is is inactive, we may be certain there is no true
love, but only the appearance of it" St
"Two loves have made two different
cities: self-love hath made a terrestrial city, which
rises in contempt of God; and Divine Love hath made
a celestial one, which rises in contempt of self.
The former glories in itself-the latter in God"
"To love God as He ought to
be loved, we must be detached from all terestrial
love; we must love nothing but Him, or if we love
anything else, we must love it only for his sake"