SOS 8:6 – 7
Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; For stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away. Were one to offer all he owns to purchase love, he would be roundly mocked.
In Conversation with God:
… by his innermost nature man is a social being, and if he does not enter into relations with others he can neither live as a human being nor develop his gifts. Society is a natural means that man can and should use in order to reach his end. It is the ordinary sphere in which God wants us to sanctify ourselves and to serve him.
Living in society makes it easier for us to obtain the material and spiritual means that we need in order to develop our human and supernatural life…
What can I do for others people? What can I say to console and help others? Life is passing… How many words still have to be spoken… Certainly we have to start by doing… but then, too, we have to speak: each ear, each heart, each mind has its own moment, its friendly voice that can call it out of its slough of despondency, and encourage it to rise out of its present state of unhappiness.
If we love God, we cannot fail to feel the reproach of the days that pass, of the people… who pass by… without our being able to do whatever it was that was needed, without our even knowing how to say what we should have said…
Liturgy of the Hours:
… as John says, God is love, it was absolutely right that she could do more, as she loved more.
The Benedictines capture most excellently the spirituality of the Church, a spirituality which is Eucharistic and liturgical.