God is love. But love can also be hated when it challenges us to transcend ourselves. It is not a romantic "good feeling." Redemption is not "wellness," it is not about basking in self-indulgence; on the contrary it is a liberation from imprisonment in self-absorption. This liberation comes at a price: the anguish of the Cross. The prophecy of light and that of the Cross belong together.This is the continual struggle, at least for me. I can't express how much I appreciate Christ putting up with my continual back-sliding into laziness and self-indulgence.
Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI),Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
Monday, January 13, 2014
Well Said: Love can be hated when it challenges us
From my quote journal.