Friday, July 11, 2014

"We must live in those upper reaches..."

So come!  Never mind weariness, illness, lack of feeling, irritability, exhaustion, the snares of the devil and of men, with all that they create of distrust, jealousy, prejudice and evil imaginings.  Let us soar like an eagle above these clouds, with our eyes fixed on the sun and its rays, which are our desires.  We cannot help being aware of all these evils, of course, and we cannot be indifferent to them, but let us never forget that ours is not a life governed by our feelings.  We must live in those upper reaches of the spiritual life where God and his will are active in a process which is eternal and unchanging.  There, he who is uncreated, immeasurable and cannot be described by human words, will keep us far removed from all the shadows and turmoils of the world.  We shall feel through our senses countless disturbances, it is true, but they will all disappear like the clouds in a windswept sky.  God and his will are the eternal objects which captivate every faithful soul; and when the day of glory arrives, they will be our true happiness.  ~Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J. in Abandonment to Divine Providence

Set me high upon the rock too high for me to reach.  ~Psalm 61(60):3

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