May you go forward tranquilly, joyfully,briskly…

Posted on April 18, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Because one thing is necessary, I invoke this one thing and advise you, by the love of him to whom you have offered yourself as a holy and pleasing sacrifice, to be mindful, like a second Rachel, of your founding purpose always seeing your beginning.

What you hold, may you continue to hold,what you do, may you keep doing and not stop, but with swift pace, nible step, and feet that do not stumble so that even your walking does not raise any dust, may you go forward tranquilly, joyfully, briskly, and cautiously along the path of happiness,

trusting in no one and agreeing with no one insofar as he might want to dissuade you from pursuing your founding purpose or might place a stumbling block in your way, preventing you, in that perfection with which the Spirit of the Lord has called you, from fulfilling your vows to the Most High.

Now concerning this, so that you may walk more tranquilly along the way of the Lord’s commands, follow the advice of our venerable father, our Brother Elias, minister general.
Prefer his advice to the advice of others and consider it more precious to you than any gift.

Indeed, if someone tells you something else or suggests anything to you that may hinder your perfection and that seems contrary to your divine vocation, even though you must respect him, still, do not follow his advice; instead, poor virgin,embrace the Poor Christ.

Now that you have made yourself contemptible in this world for his sake, look upon and follow the one who made himself contemptible for your sake.

Gaze upon, examine, contemplate, most noble queen, desiring to follow your spouse, who is more beautiful than the sons of man, and who for your salvation became the vilest of men, despised, struck, and flogged repeatedly over his entire body, dying while suffering the excruciating torments of the cross.

If you suffer with him, with him you will reign,
grieving with him, with him you will rejoice,
dying with him on the cross of tribulation,
with him you will possess mansions in heaven among the splendors of the saints,
and your name will be recorded in the Book of Life

This is why you may forever in eternity share the glory of the heavenly kingdom
rather than what is earthly and transitory,
eternal goods instead of those that perish,
and why you will live forever and ever.

— from St, Clare’s Second letter to Agnes of Prague
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