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A PERFECT PICTURE BELOW OF ALL THAT IS ABOVE

A PERFECT PICTURE BELOW OF ALL THAT IS ABOVE

Nature affords no more beautiful picture of the calm and peace that is man’s heritage than a quiet, lonely, pine-fringed lake at sunset.

During the day there may have been breezes that stirred the waters, but as evening comes on, the waters begin to still, and long, vague reflections appear, until at sunset, the wind having died down and the waters stilled, they present a perfect picture below of all that is above.

The soul tossed by anxiety and care of the earth mirrors but poorly the glory of God, but as personal desires lessen, the reflection of Heaven in the soul begins to appear, until at last, the desires all stilled, God is perfectly mirrored, as far as He can be, in the image He has made. (Fr Norman)

 

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FROM ALL ETERNITY GOD HAS PREPARED HIMSELF TO BE WITH ME NOW

God’s eye is upon me

“We are extremely unfortunate if we lack sensitivity to the intimate and active presence of God in our life. A great amount of unnecessary anxiety can afflict us if we fail to avert to the personal interest which God has in each one of us, and to the directive influence which God exerts upon us.

We have free will, but we are wise to take note of God’s directive influence

The extent to which God can participate in our lives must largely depend, of course, upon the willingness with which we submit to His guidance. Ordinarily God will respect the free will with which He has endowed us. He will nudge us often, but seldom push.

However, a person who honestly does wish and try to do God’s will, can be confident that he always is on safe ground. He always is headed in the right direction.

Always facing the right direction

A mistake which we sometimes make is to assume that God’s infinite greatness puts Him at a remote distance from ourselves. We tend to think of God much as a worker on the assembly line might think of the president of a great corporation – a far-off person whose responsibilities are too weighty to allow him to get involved in the personal problems of individual workers.

In theory we believe that God loves us and watches over us, but in practice we are not thoroughly convinced that God is totally absorbed (as He really is) in our own petty affairs.

Does God’s infinity make Him remote from me?

Oh, yes, God wants me in heaven and He will parcel out a generous portion of grace to me – whatever that may mean. But that God should keep a minute-to-minute vigil over me, disposing circumstances and events for my greatest good… well, do I really believe that? Do I live by that conviction?

God’s infinity does not make Him remote from me. Quite the contrary. It is precisely because He is infinite that God can concentrate His total attention upon each of us individually. Numbers mean nothing to God. One or a billion, it is all the same to Him.

Numbers mean nothing to God

Neither does the size of a task mean anything to Him. God may have initiated a whole chain of events, a hundred years ago, for the sole purpose of conferring some minor benefit upon me today. He could do so with absolutely no effort.

God is with us every step along the way

Factually, what happens to me today has been planned by God from all eternity. God does not change His procedures from day to day. His plan for the universe, from beginning to end, is as everlasting as God Himself. From all eternity He has taken into account the action and reaction, the cooperation and the resistance of each human will. From all eternity God has evaluated our prayers and our strivings, our obstacles and our handicaps. From all eternity God has prepared Himself to be with me right now in this present need of time.

Right now, in this present need of time

A favourite gadget encountered in science-fiction literature is the ‘time machine’. This imaginary device enables a person to move backward and forward through time; to drop in casually on the Rome of Julius Caesar, or to move forward at will into the twenty-fifth century.

Truth is stranger than fiction

Truth is stranger than fiction. We possess the power to reach all the way back into eternity. The prayers we offer today, the decisions and efforts we make today, extend back through the whole expanse of time to influence God’s eternal creative decrees. The choice I make at this moment had to be noted by God and His own plan adjusted accordingly, from all eternity.

We cannot speak of past or present with respect to God

To be strictly accurate, of course, we cannot speak of past or present with respect to God. With Him there is no past or present, only the eternal NOW. God surrounds time and contains time, even as a clock’s case contains the works. But we have to speak of God in human terms. There is no other way.

Of this we can be certain

Of this we can be certain: As long as we are trying, with reasonable diligence, to do our duty as we see it, God is working along with us. He ‘sticks His finger in’ far more often than we realise. He prepares the way for us, steers us around traps, compensates for our unavoidable ignorance and corrects for our honest mistakes. Except for sin, we never are completely on our own.

Except for sin, we are never on our own

However erratic and at times discouraging our course through life may seem to be, God is ‘gentling’ us onward to our own ultimate good.”

– Fr Leo J. Trese, 1966, One Step Enough

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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“RENDER TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR’S” (MT 22:17-21) – ON MAN’S IMAGE WHICH WAS MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF THE TRINITY

Tell us therefore what dost thou think, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? But Jesus knowing their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt me, ye hypocrites? She’s me the coin of tribute. And they offered him a penny. And Jesus saith to them: Whose image and inscription is this? They said to him: Caesar’s. Then he saith to them: Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God, the things that are God’s.

” On the threefold image of God: ‘Show me the coin of tribute’

Note that the image is threefold: of likeness, of creation (in which man is created, namely reason), and of restoration, by which the created image is restored, namely the grace of God which is infused into the mind to be renewed.

The image of likeness is that according to which man was made in the image and likeness of the whole Trinity.

By memory he is like the Father, by understanding like the Son, by love like the Holy Spirit.

So St Augustine says, ‘Let me remember you, understand you, and love you.’

Man was made in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1:26-27): his image in the understanding of truth, his likeness in love of virtue.

The light of God’s countenance is the grace of j stification, whereby the created image is imprinted.

The light is the whole and true good of man, whereby he is marked like a penny with the king’s image.

That is why the Lord adds in this Gospel: Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, etc. It is as if he said: ‘As you give back to Caesar his image, so give back your soul to God, enlightened and signed with the light of his countenance.'”

– St Anthony of Padua

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2015 in Words of Wisdom

 

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SO LONG AS YOUR WILL IS NOT SUBJECT TO GOD’S, YOU CANNOT HAVE A PURE LOVE

The chief end of prayer

“Saint Mary Magdalen of Pazzi used to say that in all our prayers our first object should be to obtain from God the grace necessary to accomplish His holy will in all things.

Certain souls, desirous of spiritual consolation, go to prayer only to yield themselves agreeably to the sweetness of their pious sentiments; but strong souls who are generously resolved to belong entirely to God only implore light to know His holy will and strength to accomplish it perfectly.

We shall never arrive at the pure love of God without submitting our will in everything to His divine will. ‘Do not deceive yourself,’ says Saint Francis de Sales; ‘as long as your will is not completely and gladly subject to God’s will, you cannot have a pure love.’ Now, we shall never obtain that of ourselves, but only by means of mental prayer, continuous supplication, and a true desire to belong wholly and unreservedly to Jesus Christ.”

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905 

 

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