Speaking of divine love, allow me to appeal to one of our forbears in the Faith:Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (modern-day Algeria) from 396 to 430, when he died from a fever. He is a preeminent Doctor of the Church. And, he is, by the way, the patron saint of brewers, printers, and theologians. This simple affirmation, whose expression is attributed to him, says it all. St. Augustine journeys with us, that we might discover this truth more and more.
To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances.
We must be careful, of course, how we understand "romance". It is not the emotional "in-burst" of infatuation or of a passionate love affair. This love rises from the quiet depths of the heart.
When we intercede, we can be sure that those for whom we pray "fall in love" with God. We nudge them, without their knowledge, into the Embrace for which they and we all long. Let us pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, for the victims of terrorism and famine in our world, for restraint in North Korea, for continued healing after the incidents in Charlottesville, for our parish and all our loved ones.
Come quickly Lord, bring your peace, heal us, forgive us, renew us.
Yours in divine love,