I’m enjoying a little space this early evening mulling over preaching during the services of the next few days. I’m thinking quite a bit about night, darkness, love, justice. 362 more words
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The interior sufferings of Jesus, as a child, were greater than the exterior sufferings of Jesus in Holy Week. Really: the interior sufferings of the child Jesus “outweigh”, so to speak, the exterior afflictions and sufferings of Jesus’ Passion. 769 more words
Throughout the works of those two great saints of love who are John of the Cross and Francis de Sales, we come across assertions that the act of loving makes the lover on the same plane as the beloved, that the object of our love, whether higher or lower than us, describes where the value of our own love falls; or, in the words of Saint Francis, 137 more words
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Despite their remedial effect the soul should never dare to desire such sensory apprehensions because: 1) they will diminish faith, which transcends all sensory perceptions, and in doing so will lead the soul away from the only means to union with God; 2) they will detain the soul and prevent the spirit from soaring to the invisible; 3) they will not allow the soul to attain to genuine renunciation and nakedness of spirit; 4) through her attachment to the sensory she becomes less receptive of the spirit of devotion; 5) she will lose the graces which God wishes to give her because she selfishly strains after such visions; and 6) the desire to accept the communications opens the door to the devil to deceive her with feigned communications.