Archive for December 13th, 2009

Like a straw mattress …

13 December, 2009

I would like you to walk in the service of God with great cheerfulness, with great trust. I want you to let yourself fall into the hands of God and to rest in the divine bosom of your heavenly Father. Your deficiencies and weaknesses ought to make you humble but you should also throw all of them into the fire of the love of God were they will be devoured and consumed like a straw mattress thrown into a great furnace. There it’s consumed with not even so much as a shadow remaining.

Letters of St. Paul of the Cross, L. I, 496

A new life of love …

13 December, 2009

[Image of the Virgin and Child, Church of Trinita da Lungi, outside Castellazzo]

As I have said before, this trail of darkness is an indication God wants you to be deeply recollected in pure faith. I would like you to withdraw often into the depths of your being and there with living faith rest on the breast of God, like a child, in the sacred silence of faith and holy love. Whenever the soul is so recollected in God in the inner temple of its spirit it is reborn to a new life of love in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ.

Letters of St. Paul of the Cross, L. I, 525ff

They preach you a sermon ….

13 December, 2009

Enjoy recreation with ordinary pastimes and with the necessary relaxation; when you are walking alone .. lift up your spirit and listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky and the whole world. Notice how they preach you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to glorify the sublimity of that sovereign Artist who has given them being.

Walk in the good, believe in God, don’t try to acquire perfection by force but do everything quietly and then you will be truly humble. God will give you everything.

Letters of St. Paul of the Cross, L. I, 418