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Living on Love

By St. Therese of Lisieux


On the evening of Love, speaking without parable,

Jesus said : “If anyone wishes to love me

All his life, let him keep my Word.

My Father and I will come to visit him.

And we will make his heart our dwelling.

Coming to him, we shall love him always.

We want him to remain, filled with peace,

In our Love ! . . . ”


Living on Love is holding You Yourself.

Uncreated word, Word of my God,

Ah! Divine Jesus, you know I love you.

The Spirit of Love sets me aflame with his fire.

In loving you I attract the Father.

My weak heart holds him forever.

O Trinity ! You are Prisoner

Of my Love ! . . .


Living on Love is living on your life,

Glorious King, delight of the elect.

You live for me, hidden in a host.

I want to hide myself in you, O Jesus!

Lovers must have solitude,

A heart-to-heart lasting night and day.

Just one glance of yours makes my beatitude.

I live on Love ! . . .


Living on Live is giving without limit

Without claiming any wages here below.

Ah! I give without counting, truly sure

That when one loves, one does not keep count ! . . .

Overflowing with tenderness, I have given everything,

To his Divine Heart . . . lightly I run.

I have nothing left but my only wealth:

Living on Love.


Living on Love is banishing every fear,

Every memory of past faults.

I see no imprint of my sins.

In a moment love has burned everything . . .

Divine Flame, O very sweet Blaze!

I make my home in your hearth.

In your fire I gladly sing:

“I live on Love ! . . .”


Living on Love is keeping within oneself

A great treasure in an earthen vase.

My Beloved, my weakness is extreme.

Ah, I’m far from being an angel from heaven ! . . .

But if I fall with each passing hour,

You come to my aid, lifting me up.

At each moment you give me your grace:

I live on Love.


Living on Love is sailing unceasingly,

Sowing peace and joy in every heart.

Beloved Pilot, Charity impels me,

For I see you in my sister souls.

Charity is my only star.

In its brightness I sail straight ahead.

I’ve my motto written on my sail:

“Living on Love.”


Living on Love, when Jesus is sleeping,

Is rest on stormy seas.

Oh! Lord, don’t fear that I’ll wake you.

I’m waiting in peace for Heaven’s shore . . .

Faith will soon tear its veil.

My hope is to see you one day.

Charity swells and pushes my sail:

I live on Love ! . . .


Dying of Love is what I hope for.

When I shall see my bonds broken,

My God will be my Great Reward.

I don’t desire to possess other goods.

I want to be set on fire with his Love.

I want to see Him, to unite myself to Him forever.

That is my Heaven . . . that is my destiny:

Living on Love !!! . . .


From God Makes The Rivers To Flow, Sacred literature of the world selected by Eknath Easwaran, founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation; third edition 2008, reprinted by permission of Nilgiri Press, P. O. Box 256, Tomales, Ca 94971, www.easwaran.org.