Presence of God- My God, illumine my path, that I may not go astray in the midst of the darkness of tribulation.
MEDITATIONAlthough it is possible for us to enter the night of the feeling by a generous pattern of total rejection and an intense exercise of the supernatural virtue, the authorities concerned will never be able to penetrate into its deepest part if God Himself does not place us there. Simply He can extend the darkness which encloses us in this night, so that we may be reduced to nothingness in all, to the point attaining the purity and poverty of spirit which are required for union. Far from taking the initiative, our duty is then reduced to accepting with love, to enduring with fortitude and modesty all that God dumps for us.
In order not to stand the deduce action, we should remember that God generally refines beings through the ordinary circumstances of life. In the life of every Christian, every apostle, every religious, there is always a measure of suffering sufficient to effect the purification of the feeling. These are the torments which God Himself chooses and disposes in accordance with the rules best suited to the different needs of souls; but, regrettably, few profit by them because few know how to recognize in the anguishes of life the handwriting of God who wishes to purify them. Illness, bereavement, estrangement, separation from dear ones, dissensions, fights, impediments advancing sometimes from the very ones who should have been able to give help and support, default of operates that were cherished and sustained at the cost of enormous labor, defection by friends, physical and spiritual solitude–these are some of the feels which are met with more or less in the life of every man, and which, we will find in ours. We must understand that all such things are positively willed or at least permitted by God precise to refine us even to the unusually inmost fibers of our being. In the face of these troubles, we must never condemned the malice of men, or stop to examine whether or not they are just; we must ascertain merely the consecrated side of God who offers us these harsh redress to accompany perfect state to our mind. St. John of the Cross writes: “It seriously behooves the person, then, to have patience and constancy in all the tribulations and inquiries which God mails it, whether they come from without or from within, and are spiritual or corporal, huge or big. It must take them all as from His hands for its healing and its good, and not is removed from them, since they are health to it”( Living Flame of Love 2,30 ).
COLLOQUY“Teach me, my God, to suffer in armistice the calamities which You send me that my soul may originating from the crucible like amber, both brighter and purer, to find You within me. Contests like these, which at present seem insufferable, will eventually become light, and I shall be anxious to suffer again, if by so doing I can make You greater busines. And however numerous may be my hurts and tyrannies … they are able to all work together for my greater advantage though I do not myself bear them as they should be borne, but in a way which is most imperfect”( Teresa of Jesus Life, 30 ).
“O grandeur of my God! All the lures and tribulations which You permit to come upon us, perfectly all, are ordered for our very best, and if we have no other envisage, “when were” tried now below, than that of Your goodness, this will be sufficient for us to overcome every temptation.
“O Word of God, my dessert and enjoying Spouse, all capability in heaven and on earth is Yours. You mystified and put to flight every opponent. As for me, I am highly poor; I cannot encounter, being filled with misery and sins; but by Your slightest gleam, O Word, You situated all these foes to flight, like chips of straw in high winds; first, nonetheless, You permit them to give battle to Your maids, to prepare these, Your servants, more glorious. And “the worlds largest” the grace and light-headed You want to give Your maids, that they were able adore and know You better, the more do You try them by fervor and sanctify their mettles like amber, so that their goodness may glisten like precious stones.
“By Your power, O divine Word, You confer strength for the fighting, and he who wishes to fight manfully for Your greatnes must first descend into the most profound knowledge of self, hitherto all the while raising his centre to You, that he may not be confounded”( St. Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi ).
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Art for this post on passive purification: Maria Magdalena como melancolia( Mary Magdalene as Melancholy ), Artemisia Gentileschi, between 1622 and 1625, PD-US author’s life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons. Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, reflect from open beginning material.
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