We were invited by the President of the Sacred Heart Catholic University of Lebanon to sit together on top of one of the beautiful Lebanese mountains. We were amazed at the view of the water falling through the green-covered mountains. With the beauty of nature, the soul finds inner peace, self-discovery and the realization of God’s gifts to it. Then, the president of the University told us the following story:
“Few months ago, I invited a foreign university professor to this same place. He was very absorbed by this same view and after a while asked, ‘Where does the water go after it flows through the mountains?’
I answered saying that the water keeps going all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
He was very shocked and said, ‘How can that be? Every drop of water has its value. If this water were in my country, we would keep every drop and use it to transform the deserts and the plains into a paradise.’”
The professor was bitterly sad because of the wasted natural resources and the ill use of God’s gifts to society. That is how people in heaven feel when they see rivers of the living waters flowing through our hearts, but they do not flow to the dry hearts of others. Jesus Christ stood on the last big day of the feast and said,
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said,
‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7.37-38).
God, You gave me Your Holy Spirit like rivers of living water.
It flows in me to transform it into a happy place.
It transforms my desert into a paradise for You.
I invite You, Lover of my soul, to come, eat and drink.
I invite Your heavenly friends so they can find happiness in me.
Your Holy Spirit is the spirit of love that does not know selfishness.
He flows in me so that I love all humans,
Even people who fight and torment me.
Long Taking Love by Force
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