“A slavery of love.”
This seems to be one of Montfort’s most paradoxical and controversial concepts.
When we hear the word slave,
We think of our history
as well as our present.
People being held against their own will
and being forced to work.
There is nothing there that even remotely mirrors love.
Montfort calls us to slavery.
But a slavery far from the traditional.
A slavery of love.
When we hear the word love,
a multitude of feelings arise.
We think of our loved ones,
we think of Christ’s love for us.
We know how great it is to feel loved,
to be loved,
and to love.
There appears to nothing here that even remotely mirrors slavery.
This is where the paradox comes into play.
Slavery is essentially service.
Humbling serving your master.
Love is the Cross.
Humbling Himself to give us life.
If we serve out of love,
it is no longer slavery in the traditional sense.
We are not serving against our own will.
We are now serving out of love.
When done out of love,
serving becomes a joy.
We want only to serve.
We want only to follow.
We want only to live our lives for Christ.
We want to be slaves of Love.
This Lenten blog series is based upon St. Louis de Montfort's writings. Unless otherwise noted, all the phrases in quotation marks are taken from the book Jesus Living in Mary.