CONTAINING CERTAIN COUNSELS FOR THE PROGRESS OF THE SOUL IN HOLY LOVE.
THAT MOUNT CALVARY IS THE ACADEMY OF LOVE.
And at last, as our conclusion, the death and passion of Our Lord is the
sweetest and most constraining motive that can animate our hearts in this
mortal life: and it is the very truth, that mystical bees make their most
excellent honey within the wounds of this Lion of the tribe of Judah, slain,
rent and torn upon the Mount of Calvary. And the children of the cross glory
in their admirable problem, which the world understands not: Out of death,
the eater of all, has come forth the meat of our consolation; and out of
death, strong above all, has come forth the sweetness of the honey of our
love.  O Jesus, my Saviour, how love-worthy is thy death, since it is
the sovereign effect of thy love!
So, in the glory of heaven above, next to the Divine goodness known and
considered in itself, Our Saviour's death shall most powerfully ravish the
blessed spirits in the loving of God. As a sign whereof, in the
Transfiguration, where we have a glimpse of heaven, Moses and Elias talked
with Our Saviour of the Excess  which he was to accomplish in
Jerusalem. But of what excess, if not of that excess of love by which life
was forced from the lover, to be bestowed on the well-beloved? So that in
the eternal canticle I imagine to myself that this joyous exclamation will
be repeated every moment:
Live, Jesus live, whose death doth prove,
The might supreme of heavenly love.
Theotimus, Mount Calvary is the mount of lovers. All love that takes not its
beginning from Our Saviour's Passion is frivolous and dangerous. Unhappy is
death without the love of the Saviour, unhappy is love without the death of
the Saviour! Love and death are so mingled in the Passion of Our Saviour
that we cannot have the one in our heart without the other. Upon Calvary one
cannot have life without love, nor love without the death of Our Redeemer.
But, except there, all is either eternal death or eternal love: and all
Christian wisdom consists in choosing rightly; and to assist you in that, I
have made this treatise, my Theotimus.
During this mortal life we must choose eternal love or eternal death, there
is no middle choice.
O eternal love, my soul desires and makes choice of thee eternally! Ah!
come, Holy Spirit and inflame our hearts with thy love! To love or to die!
To die and to love! To die to all other love in order to live to Jesus's
love, that we may not die eternally, but that, living in thy eternal love, O
Saviour of our souls we may eternally sing: Vive Jesus! I love Jesus. Live
Jesus whom I love! I love Jesus, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
May these things, Theotimus, which by the grace and help of charity have
been written to your charity, so take root in your heart that this charity
may find in you the fruit of good works, not the leaves of praises. Amen.
Blessed be God! And thus I close this whole treatise in the words with which
S. Augustine ended an admirable sermon on charity, which he made before an