Could we pierce the veil, and were we vigilant and attentive …

Posted on July 5, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751), Jesuit
Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence, II, 1 (trans. Algar Thorold)
“Do you not yet understand or comprehend? “
Could we pierce the veil, and were we vigilant and attentive,
God would reveal himself continually to us
and we should rejoice in his action in everything that happens to us.
At every occurrence we should say: «Dominus est. It is the Lord!» (Jn 21,7)
and in all circumstances we should find a gift from God.
We should consider creatures as very feeble instruments
in the hands of an almighty worker,
and we should recognize without difficulty
that nothing is lacking to us
and that God’s constant care leads him to give us
each instant what is suited to us.
If we had faith, we should welcome all creatures;
we should, as it were, caress them and thank them interiorly
for contributing so favourably to our perfection
when applied by the hand of God.
If we lived uninterruptedly by the life of faith,
we should be in continual contact with God;
we should speak with him face to face…
Faith is the interpreter of God;
without the illumination which it brings,
nothing can be understood of the language
in which creatures speak to us.
That language is a cypher in which
nothing is apparent but confusion;
it is a thorn-bush from which
no one could imagine God speaking.
But faith makes us see, as in the case of Moses,
the fire of divine charity burning in the midst of the thorns;
faith gives us the key to the cypher and
enables us to discover in that confusion
the marvels of heavenly wisdom.
Faith gives a face as of heaven to the whole earth,
and by it our hearts are ravished
and transported to converse in heaven…
Faith is the key of the treasury,
the key of the abyss of divine wisdom.
***
And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 Douay-Rh

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