Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the nudity of pure faith

Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,

Keep your eyes focused on Christ crucified.  Here is your model for everything.  Here is the one thing necessary.  Refuse Him nothing and let your desire for His will grow daily and in every circumstance.    Pure faith even in the small things of life, stripped of self-will, does more for the Church in an hour than what many can do in a lifetime.

God wants of you great poverty and nudity of spirit . .  .  .  Jesus stripped of everything, separated from everything, lifted upon the Cross and living and dying for His Father, there is your model. The more God unites you to Him, the more your whole life will be Jesus Christ—the greater too will be your poverty and your suffering at the moments when God withdraws Himself.

The soul immolated to God in the nudity of pure faith, of hope and perfect union does more for the Church in an hour than others (more mediocre and less generous) do in their whole life.

Ask for nothing, refuse nothing, desire nothing except what God desires for you, that is to say, your perfection. All the rest is not He Himself. One thing is necessary: It is He.

Place all your consolation in God, not in the sense that you should reject all other joy, but that no human consolation should be necessary for your peace.

Blessed Columba Marmion.