Throughout both volumes of his Commentaries, Father
Gálvez expounds the simple and profound realities of Love, most
especially Divine-human love: The love-relationship between
God and man can only happen through a relationship of mutual
self-surrender and possession. This leads infallibly not to a
mere union of both as lovers but to a true communion and true
interchange of lives.
is provided that, above all else, The Song of Songs is a
Poem of Love; and within its stanzas, Father Gálvez finds the
link between the Old and the New Testaments – between the
Paternal Love of God for His people and the Spousal Love of the
Redeemer for His bride.
author’s discourse provides that most intimate link between God
and man – made possible and real through the Incarnation when
God accepted and employed a human body with all that that
entails: the possibility of loving with human senses and
intellect and freedom and will: From the moment of the
Incarnation onwards, man is already able to address … the Word
made Man in Jesus Christ… who has made Himself accessible to His
creature since He has taken to himself a human nature…
How could supernatural love, or divine-human love, ever lack the
qualities which even mere human love possesses?
Gálvez reveals the madness, the near recklessness of love
seeking to express itself: Man can now love …with a perfect
and total love, with a love which is crazy – in a divine way.
Now at last man can truly fall in love with God, in the sense
that he can now make God the tangible, sensible, object of his
love; he can love him as someone like unto himself … The bride
desires the kisses of the Bridegroom’s mouth…she does not even
mind death if it is through death that she will attain, for ever
more, the enduring love-kiss of the Bridegroom.
where his most eloquent prose leaves off, the author’s own
poetry takes over:
ascended to the stars,
Burning with love in sweet fire,
that, if I should find you there,
might ask you with a soft plea:
me a kiss of love, may I die thereafter!