Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rich in infirmities

Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,

Lean on Christ and let Him bring you into the sanctuary of the Father's bosom.  Remember that he has "chosen the weak, and feeble and the things of nothing. . . "  Despite your defects, which are no doubt greater than you can see, God loves you and desires to supply your littleness, meanness, and insufficiency with his greatness, wisdom, and generosity.  Look to God more than to yourselves . . . 

You are rich in infirmities and were you to lean on Christ alone, doing all, suffering all in His name, united with Him, He would render you more and more agreeable to His Father. He would bring you with Him into that sanctuary which He calls Sinus Patris, His Father’s bosom, and there, under God’s eye, you would constantly try to please Him by doing what you feel is most pleasing to Him. Those alone dwell in God’s bosom who have an immense confidence in His fatherly goodness and mercy which are infinite, and who try their best to please Him in all things.

Now there is your programme for the present. . . . I feel Our Lord has given you to me as my child whom I am to present to Him as one of the triumphs of His mercy, for St. Paul says, “He hath chosen the weak, and the feeble and the things of nothing that no flesh might glory in His sight.”

I have been thinking about your soul. Despite your very real defects and misery which are doubtless much greater than what we see, God loves you dearly, and wishes to substitute His greatness to your littleness; His generosity to your meanness; His truth and wisdom to your insufficiency. He can do all that if you only let Him. Confiteor tibi, Pater, Domine caeli et terrae, quia abscondisti haec a sapientibus et revelasti ea PARVULIS. You are one of these very little people whom God deigns to look upon.

Try to look much more at God than at yourself; to glory in your miseries; to love virtue more than you fear vice; to glorify the infinite merits and virtues of Jesus by drawing from them lovingly to supply your need.

Now, my child, there’s a programme for a whole year, yea, for a life.”

Blessed Columba Marmion