St. Paul: “We cease not to pray for you and beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will … that you may walk worthy of God, in all things pleasing; being fruitful in all good work.” (Col 1, 9-14, Epistle, Last Sunday after Pentecost)
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, in his beautiful work, “Divine Intimacy” reminds us that this should be our soul’s task all year,
“to adapt and conform itself to God’s holy will, to unite itself to it completely, and being moved in all things by that divine will alone, to act in such a manner as to please Our Lord in everything. … We should give thanks to ‘the Father who hath made us worthy to be partakers of the lot of the saints in light.’
“If, with God’s help, we have succeeded in making some progress, there still remains much more and greater work to be done. The Church, therefore has us ask in the Collect, ‘Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful people, that by more earnestly seeking the fruit of good works, they may receive more abundantly the gifts of Thy loving kindness.’ So it is, the more we respond to grace, the greater the graces Our Lord will grant us. The more we press on towards Him, the more He will draw us toward Himself, so that the result of this continuous interplay of the divine assistance and our correspondence will be the sanctification of each one of us.
“… Jesus who once came to earth in poverty, hiddenness and pain, to teach us the way to heaven and to redeem our souls, has every right to return glorious at the end of time, to gather the fruit of His labor and His Blood. He will be our judge and will judge us as He Himself has said, according to our love: …”As long as you did it to the least of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.” His sweet precept of love, love of God and of neighbor, will be the law by which we shall be examined. Blessed shall we be if we have loved, and loved much! …”
“For this reason, it is a great thing for the soul to exercise itself constantly in love, so that, being perfected here below, it may not stay long either in this world or in the next, without seeing God face to face.” (St. John of the Cross, “Living Flame of Love”)
“But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh His sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust…. Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matt, 5)
~ evensong, for love of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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