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The Heart of Love

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Welcome to the Way of the Heart!
I’d like to begin this blog with a spiritual practice that can be used to directly engage the mystical Way of the Heart.  The Heart of Love is a method of meditation and prayer that works with the most profound and powerful teachings of Jesus:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like it, that you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
As you have done to the least of these my brethren, you have done to me.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
It takes very little reflection to know this method involves everything taught in the quote above: Love for God and our fellow souls is at once the motive force, the immediate sentiment, and the practical aim of this work.  It makes use of our human intelligence in the most graceful and subtle of ways – an internal cultivation of love that stimulates a more living and visible operation of hope and faith in our relationships with others.  It puts the Way of the Heart into immediate practice.
This method is developed through four phases.  It is recommended that the first phase be practiced alone for at least a week, and then each phase can be successively added over a period of several weeks until you are finally practicing all four phases in each sitting.  Once a working familiarity has been developed with each phase, then the practitioner may place more or less emphasis on various phases, and even rearrange them, as desired. Some people might find this method suitable as the mainstay of their regular devotionals and inner work, while others might prefer to use it less routinely.  This method is an excellent practice for anyone who wishes to serve in spiritual healing, for it helps in keeping one’s soul open to the flow of higher energies and tends to infuse one’s healing prayers with the special sweetness of selfless love.
Phase One: The Heart of Love Received from the Exemplar
It is always advisable to begin and end such work with a mindful ritual such as lighting a candle and perhaps some incense, and crossing oneself. After settling into a centered and peaceful state of meditation, offer a prayer of submission to the Divine Will, expressing your desire to know and serve it through love.
Next, call to mind the image of someone you consider to be a great historical embodiment and exemplar of love.  For many Christians, Jesus will be the only suitable figure, though others may be attracted to another, such as Mother Mary, St. Francis of Assisi, or Mother Theresa.  Imagine this person standing in front of you with a loving smile.  See within his or her chest a flaming heart, radiating love out through the whole body in rich hues of pink, ruby and golden light, like a splendid sunrise.
Feel the warmth on your face and chest. Let yourself respond emotionally to this great soul’s love, smiling in return.  Imagine your exemplar reaching out to cup your heart in his or her hands, and the flames of love flowing into and igniting your own heart. If you feel moved to weep with gratitude, or smile or laugh with joy, allow that to happen as you continue to meditate upon this person as an embodiment of Divine Love, a living vessel through which God loves the world, including you.  To accept this love is itself an act of love for God, for the exemplar, and for yourself.  You may speak with your exemplar if you wish.
In your meditation, consider that to ancient people the heart was not merely symbolic of emotions, but was also the seat of intuition, inspiration, beauty, peace and harmony.  There is much to discover here about the nature of love, which includes far more than our feelings of affection and sympathy.
When you are ready to end the meditation, simply let the image fade.  Offer a final prayer of thanks and return your consciousness to the external world, though now infused with an elevated awareness of love.
While most people report this exercise to be positive and uplifting, some people may also find themselves challenged by various kinds of discomfort with the work.  For example, feelings of unworthiness, guilt or shame may arise.  It is important to simply be aware of all our feelings, both pleasing and uncomfortable, accepting them as indicators of deeper processes occurring within our hearts and minds.  In effect, they present us with opportunities to learn more of what we really believe about ourselves and our relationships with the Divine.  In response to such observations, it is important to remember that accepting the infinite grace of Divine Love is not about using the head to strategize a path toward righteous worthiness, but is rather about simply opening the heart to the immediate fact of God’s freely given mercy and affection.  With this understanding, where we find self-condemning thoughts and feelings of self-loathing, we have the opportunity to practice acceptance, forgiveness and healing of our own humanity, as well as truly nurturing ourselves toward more virtuous living.
Phase Two: The Heart of Love Shared with Those We Cherish
Proceed through the previous phase and just past the point where your heart is ignited by the exemplar.  Allow the image of the exemplar to fade, and in its place imagine someone among your friends and family with whom you share a deep bond of love.  Perhaps this is someone you know to be in extra need of receiving love at this time. See him or her smiling in the warmth of the pink, ruby and golden light radiating out through your body.  Imagine yourself reaching forward to hold that person’s heart in your hands. See and feel the flames of your heart flowing through your arms to ignite his or her heart with love.  Speak with this person if you wish.  Meditate upon the love you have shared, how it has been expressed between you, and how it might grow.
When you are ready, allow that person’s image to fade. If you feel moved to do so, allow the image of another cherished friend or family member to arise, and then repeat the entire process.  You can continue through as many loved ones as you wish, eventually ending the meditation as before.
As with the previous phase, this can be a very touching and joyful exercise, and yet it can also prove challenging.  In focusing on your love for another, you might discover areas of uncertainty or sense something lacking.  For example, you might realize that in some way you have not been as expressive of your love and affection as you might be.  This could be due to various fears or inhibitions for either or both of you.  You might also discover you have resentments, frustrations or other negative feelings about the individual that seem to prevent you from more fully and freely loving him or her.  As you practice the exercise with different people in mind, you may become more aware of how your love differs from one person to another.  With some people your sentiments might be more affectionate, with others more appreciative or admiring, while for others more compassionate or sympathetic.  In any case, this phase of the Heart of Love can help you learn about how you feel, think and behave in your relationships with loved ones, and thus provide you with many opportunities to refine your ability to love each person in your life in a way as unique and meaningful as he or she is.
Phase Three: The Heart of Love Shared with Those Who Challenge Us
Work through the first two phases, and now begin extending your love toward someone you feel has mistreated or offended you in some way, or someone you have difficulty trusting.  Give just as freely and energetically to this soul as you did in the second phase. Meditate upon the many pearls of wisdom in loving those we may not find easy to love. Reflect on what it means to love someone you do not necessarily like.  Ponder how you might manifest love for this person more outwardly. As before, repeat the process until you are ready to end the meditation.
Phase Four: The Heart of Love in All
After working through all the previous phases, meditate upon the universe as existing within the Flaming Heart of God, the One in whom we live and move and have our being. Recall that your heart is aflame with that same Divine Fire, and that it is actually a spark of that Divine Fire, as are all the hearts of God’s children.  Allow all the implications of meaning, virtue and action to flow freely through your heart and mind, with neither resistance nor attachment, but with awareness, acceptance and love.

Livros católicos

Ebook cattolici

Bibbia, Vangeli, Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica, Storia della Chiesa

Dizionari

Preghiera

Classici Cristiani

  • L'imitazione di Cristo di Tommaso da KempisEPUB MOBI HTML
  • L'imitazione di Maria di Edoardo CiccodicolaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Trattato della vera devozione a Maria di San Luigi Maria Grignion de MontfortEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il segreto ammirabile del Santo Rosario di San Luigi Maria Grignion de MontfortEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il grande segreto per diventare santi di San Luigi Maria Grignion de MontfortEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Le Glorie di Maria di Sant'Alfonso Maria de LiguoriEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Del Gran mezzo della preghiera di Sant'Alfonso Maria de LiguoriEPUB MOBI HTML
  • La necessità della preghiera di Sant'Alfonso Maria de LiguoriEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I racconti di un pellegrino russoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Filotea di San Giovanni di SalesEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I fioretti di San FrancescoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Storia di un anima di Santa Teresa di LisieuxEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Esercizi Spirituali di Sant'IgnazioEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Trattato della vita spirituale di San Vincenzo FerreriEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il castello interiore di Santa Teresa d'AvilaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • La nuvoletta del Carmelo di San Giovanni BoscoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Maria Ausiliatrice col racconto di alcune grazie di San Giovanni BoscoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Maraviglie della Madre di Dio di San Giovanni BoscoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Specchio (o salutazione) della Beata Vergine Maria di Corrado da SassoniaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • E' Gesù che passa di San Josemaría Escrivá de BalaguerEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Opera Omnia - San Francesco d'AssisiEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Opera Omnia - Santa Chiara d'AssisiEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Meditazioni della Beata Madre Teresa di CalcuttaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Madre Mia quanto sei bellaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Con Maria la vita è bellaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Con Maria verso GesùEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il mio ideale Gesù figlio di Maria di p. Emilio NeubertEPUB MOBI HTML
  • L'anticristo di Vladimir Sergeevic SolovievEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Salita del Monte Carmelo di San Giovanni della CroceEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Maria e la sua armataEPUB MOBI HTML

Biografie di santi, Visioni, Profezie, Rivelazioni

  • La Misericordia Divina nella mia anima - Diario di Santa suor Faustina KowalskaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • L'Araldo del Divino Amore di Santa Gertrude di HelftaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • La vita di Maria della Beata Anna Caterina EmmerickEPUB MOBI HTML
  • La Passione di Nostro Signore della Beata Anna Caterina EmmerickEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Le visioni della Beata Anna Caterina EmmerickEPUB MOBI HTML
  • La Mistica Città di Dio di Suor Maria d'AgredaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I sogni di San Giovanni BoscoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Vita di Santa Margherita Maria Alacoque (scritta da lei stessa)EPUB MOBI HTML
  • I primi nove venerdì del mese - la grande promessaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Diario di Santa Gemma GalganiEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il diario della Beata Elisabetta Canori MoraEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il diario mistico di Camilla BraviEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Diario di Louise Marguerite Claret De La ToucheEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il libro della Grazia speciale - Rivelazioni di Santa Metilde di HackebornEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Le Rivelazioni di Santa Brigida di SveziaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Amore per amore: diario di Suor Maria Costanza del Sacro CostatoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Beata Marietta RubattoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Beato Bartolo LongoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Colui che parla dal fuoco - Suor Josefa MenendezEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Così lontani, così vicini - Gli angeli nella vita di Santa Gemma GalganiEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Cristo Gesù nella Beata Alexandrina da BalasarEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il mistero del Sangue di Cristo - Suor Maria Antonietta PrevedelloEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Santa Gertrude Di Helfta di don Giuseppe TomaselliEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Vita della Serva di Dio Edvige CarboniEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Diario di Edvige CarboniEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Rimanete nel mio amore - Suor Benigna Consolata FerreroEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il Sacro Cuore e il Sacerdozio. Biografia di Madre Luisa Margherita Claret de la ToucheEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Figlia del dolore Madre di amore - Alexandrina Maria da CostaEPUB MOBI HTML
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  • Beata Maria Candida dell'EucaristiaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Fratel Ettore BoschiniEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Il cuore di Gesù al mondo di Suor Maria Consolata BetroneEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Madre Giuseppina BakhitaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Beata Maria di Gesù Deluil-MartinyEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Serva di Dio Luigina SinapiEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Marie-Julie JahennyEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Marie Le ValleesEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I SS. Cuori di Gesù e di Maria. La salvezza del mondo, le loro apparizioni, promesse e richiesteEPUB MOBI HTML
  • La testimonianza di Gloria PoloEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Chiara Luce BadanoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Madre Carolina VenturellaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • Madre SperanzaEPUB MOBI HTML

Novissimi

Patristica

  • Scritti dei primi cristiani (Didachè, Lettera a Diogneto, Papia di Gerapoli)EPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri apostolici (S.Clemente Romano,S.Ignazio di Antiochia,Il Pastore d'Erma, S.Policarpo di Smirne)EPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri della chiesa: Scritti di Sant'AgostinoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri della chiesa: Sant'Agostino, la città di DioEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri della chiesa: Sant'Agostino, le confessioniEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri della chiesa: Clemente Alessandrino,Sant'Ambrogio, Sant'Anselmo, San Benedetto,San Cirillo di GerusalemmeEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri della chiesa: San Giustino, San Leone Magno, Origene, Cirillo d'Alessandria, San Basilio, Atenagora di Atene, Rufino di Aquileia,Guigo il CertosinoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri della chiesa: San Giovanni CrisostomoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri della chiesa: San Gregorio di NissaEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri della chiesa: Quinto Settimio Fiorente TertullianoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri del deserto: Evagrio Pontico, Sant'Antonio AbateEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I padri esicasti : La preghiera del Cuore,Gregorio il sinaita,Niceforo il solitario, San Barsanufio e Giovanni, Pseudo MacarioEPUB MOBI HTML

Sacramenti e vita cristiana

Altri libri

  • La Divina Commedia (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) di Dante AlighieriEPUB MOBI HTML
  • La storia d'Italia di San Giovanni BoscoEPUB MOBI HTML
  • I testimoni di Geova di Don Vigilio Covi