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Week of May 26, 2008
Surrender to God's love and become like saints – Fr. Watrin
Basilian chaplain urged conference delegates to believe in the crucifix
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"It's truly hard to trust that he could really love us with true, great love.
Catholics - through Baptism - are in intimate communion and union with God. We are called to preserve that great love for God. "But when we prefer a creature to God, which is sin, we commit adultery because our heart was made for God."
He described love as "some kind of a surrender you've got to trust." But many people are scared because they cannot believe God loves them despite their sins.
"It's very hard to surrender to God's love," he said. "It's truly hard to trust that he could really love us with true, great love. We say 'Yes, yes Lord; I believe you love me. Yes, I believe the crucifix.' Yet we don't really surrender."
We need to surrender. "I think that if we really surrender to the love of God, we become like the saints, who are really sweet human beings who surrendered to God."
Many saints endured incredible suffering but didn't want anyone to feel sorry for them. How did they get that courage? "Because they surrendered to God's love completely and trusted completely in his love. That's our task - to keep trying to surrender completely to the love of God."
Watrin said many people find it hard to love God and others because they have been hurt in the past. But we have to learn to love to be in union with God. "I think if we took all the people in hell and took them up to heaven, they might be more in hell because they would see everyone who loves God being so happy, but they would be incapable of that," the Basilian missionary said.
People are in hell "because they never learned to love, so it is impossible for them to be in union with God. If we don't learn to love, we are incapable of happiness, we are incapable of heaven."
Like St. Catherine, we have to surrender to God's love. St. Catherine didn't know how to read and write, but she spent hours looking at the crucifix. Little by little it sank deep into her heart that God loved her with an unconditional love. She surrendered to that love.
"That's what the Lord wants us to do," Watrin said. "We must say to him, 'It's you that I want Lord, not some abstract heaven or some abstract happiness or some abstract eternal life, but you.'"
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