WDTPRS – 20th Ordinary Sunday: invisible love, pulsing with longing

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The Collect for the 20th Ordinary Sunday, found also in the 8th century Gelasian Sacramentary, is in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost.

Deus, qui diligentibus te bona invisibilia praeparasti, infunde cordibus nostris tui amoris affectum, ut, te in omnibus et super omnia diligentes, promissiones tuas, quae omne desiderium superant, consequamur.

Prayer - Words - Love - Diligo - Amor

Our prayer has many different words for love and longing: diligo, amor, affectus and the related cor, desiderium, promissio. Affectus means “a state of body, and especially of mind produced in one by some influence, affection, mood: love, desire, fondness, good will, compassion, sympathy.” The marvelous diligo means initially, “to value or esteem highly, to love”. It also has the impact of being careful and attentive, as in English “diligent”. When you love, you give your best. Desiderium is “a longing, ardent desire or wish, properly for something once possessed; grief, regret for the absence or loss of any thing [or person].” Cor is, of course, “heart” and promissio “promise”. Consequor means, among other things, “pursue, go after, attend, to follow” and also, “to follow a model, copy, obey”. It indicates, “to follow a preceding cause as an effect, to be the consequence, to arise or proceed from.” I will say “attain.”


O - God - Goods - Hearts - Disposition

O God, who have prepared unseen goods for those loving You, pour into our hearts the disposition of Your love, so that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may attain Your promises, which surpass every desire.


God - Father - Things - Things - Joy

God our Father, may we love you in all things and above all things and reach the joy you have prepared for us beyond all our imagining.


O - God - Things - Eye - Hearts

O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of...
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