Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What Christ supplies for the task of reparation

We ought to ask what Christ brings to the soul to lighten her task of reparation.  Theology gives us the answer, telling us that to this end Christ gives us a complete endowment in the form of a new life of grace and of new spiritual powers, namely those of faith, hope and charity.  With the help of this endowment we come not only close to Jesus but, what is more, we are changed into Him in such a way that we can repeat after St. Paul "Christ liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20).

By the new light of faith we learn to appreciate the true meaning of our life as well as the need for devoting ourselves to the salvation of souls.  Supernatural love infused in our hearts facilitates our embracing with solicitude souls otherwise unknown to us but, through God's mercy, entrusted to our care.  The gift of supernatural hope gives us wings to surmount all the difficulties encountered on the road of our mission of reparation.

The infused moral virtues help us in coordinating our desires with our possibilities whereas the infused gifts of the Holy Spirit encase us in armor against the influences of the world, keeping us entirely for Christ, so that we may be able to repeat with St. Paul: "For to me, to live is Christ" (Phil. 1:21).

From Christ we receive this endowment also in order to fulfill our mission of reparation whose model is the agonizing Heart of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Reparatory Mysticism
Rev. Francis Cegielka