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HOW TO GAIN A DEEPER PERCEPTION OF THE LENGTH, BREADTH, HEIGHT AND DEPTH OF CHRIST’S LOVE

HOW TO GAIN A DEEPER PERCEPTION OF THE LENGTH, BREADTH, HEIGHT AND DEPTH OF CHRIST’S LOVE

DISTRUST OF OURSELVES AND TRUST IN GOD

Be mindful of God, forget yourself, and forget yourself in remembering God. The more you contemplate God, the more you will perceive with the clear and enlightened vision of the soul, what the Apostle calls “the length and the breadth, the height and the depth” [Ep 3:18] of the love of the Sacred Heart, which surpasses all understanding; the more you will rise towards the infinite perfections of God, towards the admirable harmony of His glorious attributes, of His love, His sanctity, His tenderness, His mercy, His compassion, His paternal solicitude; the more you will live and have your being in an atmosphere of God, as if He were your very breath and the beating of your heart; the more your self-reliance, self-confidence, self love, and vanity will diminish; the more you will be convinced of your nothingness, your meanness, and your misery; in a word, the more your distrust of yourself and your trust in God will increase; and if your distrust of self is entire, your confidence in God will be perfect.

– Cardinal Manning

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Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF JUDGEMENT

TWELVE STEPS OF SILENCE – SILENCE OF JUDGEMENT

Step 1: Speak seldom with creatures and often with God

Previous: Silence of the mind

THE TWELVE DEGREES OF SILENCE

Step 9: Silence of judgment [Thy will be done]

Silence with regard to persons, silence with regard to things.

Do not judge, do not allow your own opinion to be perceived. Do not have them, that is, yield with simplicity, if these opinions are not opposed to prudence or charity.

It is the silence of the blessed and holy infancy, it is the silence of the perfect, it is the silence of the Angels and of the Archangels when they carry out the orders of God.

It is the silence of the Incarnate Word!

– From: The Twelve Degrees of Silence, Supplemento am.n. 2/2008 di “De Vita Contemplativa”

 

 

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THE CALL TO HOLINESS IS NOT FOUND UP IN THE CLOUDS OR IN OUR DREAMS

[From the Bishop of Shrewsbury, Bishop Mark Davies]

“…The bishop also emphasised the importance of the personal call to holiness and listed practical ways of responding. He said: ‘Conversation is a definite step towards becoming a saint. Exhausted after a hard day’s work but willing to sit down with your children and listen patiently to them, this too can be a step towards holiness.

Making time for prayer each day even when we are tired: this is a sure step towards holiness. Being ready for Mass on Sunday, and at times making a good Confession,’ which ‘cleans us up’ Pope Francis says, these are vital steps towards holiness. He adds that thinking of Our Lady, the Pope says, ‘so good, so beautiful’ and taking up the rosary to pray, this is yet another step towards holiness.

Meeting someone in need, making time and being willing to help are real steps towards becoming the saint we are called to be.

In other words the call to holiness is not found up in the clouds or in our dreams. The call to become a saint is right in front of us every day!’

He concluded: ‘May Mary, who in Pope Francis’s words is ‘so good, so beautiful,’ help us recognise how in these apparently small things of each day is the path to our holiness, to our complete and everlasting happiness.'”

– This is an excerpt of the article “Bishop Davies gives faithful his tips for a holy life” by Madeleine Teahan, published in The Catholic Herald newspaper issue November 28 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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SUDDENLY “KNOWING” GOD WHEN THINGS ARE UTTERLY BLEAK AND PITCH DARK

PROFOUND REALISATION

When the soul realises that Christ, in his extreme humiliation and annihilation on the cross, achieved the greatest result, the reconciliation and union of mankind with God, there awakens in her the understanding that for her, also, annihilation, the “living death by crucifixion of all that is sensory as well as spiritual”, leads to union with God. Just as Jesus in the extreme abandonment at his death surrendered himself into the hands of the invisible and incomprehensible God, so will the soul yield herself to the midnight darkness of faith which is the only way to the incomprehensible God.

THE MYSTICAL “RAY OF DARKNESS”

Then she will be granted mystical contemplation, the “ray of darkness”, the mysterious wisdom of God, the dark and general knowledge that alone corresponds to the unfathomable God who blinds the understanding and appears to it as darkness. It floods the soul and does this all the more easily the more the soul is free from all other impressions.

TRUE BEGINNING OF ETERNAL LIFE IN US

This wisdom is something much purer, more tender, spiritual, and interior than all that is familiar to the intellect from the natural life of the spirit. Also raised above temporality, it is a true beginning of eternal life in us. It is not a mere acceptance of the message of faith that has been heard, nor a mere turning of oneself to God, who is known only from hearsay; rather it is an interior BEING TOUCHED and an EXPERIENCE of God that has the power to detach the soul from all created things, and to raise her, simultaneously plunging her into a love that does not know its object. We will not attempt to determine here whether this dark, loving knowledge, in which the soul is touched in her innermost depth by God – from “mouth to mouth”, from substance to substance – can still be reckoned as faith.

KNOWLEDGE RATHER THAN MERE FAITH

This dark, loving knowledge is the surrender of the soul through the will (as her mouth) to the loving approach of the still-concealed God: love, which is not feeling, but rather a readiness for action and sacrifice, an insertion of one’s own will into the divine will in order to be led by it alone.
– St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

 
 

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