Saying of Mother Gabriel

We are born of love, to be love, for love.

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Few words, much love. To all. No matter who they are.mother-gavrilia

The first is the smile; the second is tears. The third is to touch. The fourth is prayer, and the fifth is love. With these five languages I go all around the world.” With these five languages you can travel the whole earth, and all the world is yours.Love everyone as your own – without concern for religion or race, without concern for anything.

Everywhere are people of God. You never know if the one you see today might tomorrow be a saint.

When in truth we appreciate the gifts which God gives us, we don’t have time to seek anything else. We run to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We see a person … thank you. We see a flower … thank you. We see a glass of milk … thank you.

For everything … thank you. And such a joy comes into our life, that many do not understand even if they are close to us; What is all this!

When the mind is not distracted by worldly matters and remains united to God, then even the ‘Good day’ that we say becomes a blessing.

From: Mother Gabriel, The Ascetic of Love, by Sister Gabriel

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In light of this I am undone. I am nothing. I have yet to even begin to live the “Christ Life” – to know what love is let alone actually love! “Where else can I go, you have the words of eternal life…” And so, mysteriously, this pain of heart draws me onward/upward… I must arise and press on.

In the words of St. Columbanus (543-615) the Irish missionary to Europe:

“How blessed, how fortunate, are ‘those servants whom the Lord will find watchful when he comes’. Blessed is the time of waiting when we stay awake for the Lord, the Creator of the universe, who fills all things and transcends all things.

How I wish he would awaken me, his humble servant, from the sleep of slothfulness, even though I am of little worth. How I wish he would enkindle me with that fire of divine love. The flames of his love burn beyond the stars; the longing for his overwhelming delights and the divine fire ever burn within me!…

Loving Saviour, be pleased to show yourself to us who knock, so that in knowing you we may love only you, love you alone, desire you alone, contemplate only you day and night, and always think of you. Inspire in us the depth of love that is fitting for you to receive as God. So may your love pervade our whole being, possess us completely, and fill all our senses, that we may know no other love but love for you who are everlasting. May our love be so great that the many waters of sky, land and sea cannot extinguish it in us: for ‘many waters cannot quench love.’

May this saying be fulfilled in us also, at least in part, by your gift, Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom be glory for ever and ever.”

What can I say but only “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”

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