Recommended Readings

Spiritual Counsels


Questions and Answers

Subject Index

Contact Me

Related Links

Psychological Healing
in the Catholic Mystic Tradition

The law of the Lord is love

From the Moral Reflections on Job by Saint Gregory the Great

The law of the Lord

Love’s lively concern for others is reflected in all the virtues. It begins with two commands, but it soon embraces many more. Saint Paul gives a good summary of its various aspects. Love is patient, he says, and kind; it is never jealous or conceited; its conduct is blameless; it is not ambitious, not selfish, not quick to take offense; it harbours no evil thoughts, does not gloat over other people’s sins, but is gladdened by an upright life.

Those ruled by this love show their patience by bearing wrongs with equanimity; their kindness by generously repaying good for evil. Jealousy is foreign to them. It is impossible to envy worldly success when they have no worldly desires. They are not conceited. The prizes they covet lie within; outward blessings do not elate them. Their conduct is blameless, for they cannot do wrong in devoting themselves entirely to love of God and their neighbours. They are not ambitious. The welfare of their own souls is what they care about. Apart from that they seek nothing. They are not selfish. Indeed, in their eyes nothing is their own but what will be so always. They are not quick to take offence. Even under provocation, thought of revenge never becomes action. The reward they seek hereafter will be greater in proportion to their endurance. They harbour no evil thoughts. Hatred is utterly rooted out of a heart whose only love is goodness. Thoughts that defile others can find no acceptence. They do not gloat over other people’s sins. No; an enemy’s fall affords them no delight, for loving all men, they long for their salvation.

On the other hand, they are gladdened by an upright life. Since they loves others as themselves, they take as much pleasure in whatever good they see in others as if the progress were their own.

—Saint Gregory the Great, pope
(Office of Readings, Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time


 Back to Love


No advertising—no sponsor—just the simple truth . . .

For the sake of truth, this is a website with NO ADVERTISING.

If you find these pages to be informative and helpful, please send a donation in appreciation,
even if it’s only a few dollars, to help offset my costs in making this website available to you and to all.



Questions and Answers

Spiritual Counsels                                                         

INDEX of Subjects


Privacy Policy

Permissions Policy                                           



Social Media


In San Francisco?



in association with
A Guide to Psychology and its Practice

Copyright © 1997-2022 Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D. All rights reserved.

All material on this website is copyrighted. You may copy or print selections for your private, personal use only.
Any other reproduction or distribution without my permission is prohibited.
Where Catholic therapy (Catholic psychotherapy) is explained according to Catholic psychology in the tradition of the Catholic mystics.