Friday, March 14, 2008

On Rest in God V - Final

"I have said before that this peace has its trials, and often even very severe trials; but far from shaking it, these trials only strengthen it: this peace of God rises above all evils, and raises us with it. It renders a Christian so happy in the midst of all his sufferings that he would not change his state, however terrible it may seem to human nature, for the most exquisite pleasures which the world could offer him. Such is the life of a perfect Christian who goes to God by Jesus Christ, and who adores God, as Jesus Christ adored Him, in spirit and in truth; who sacrifices everything to God, and himself above all. Nothing can destroy the rest and peace of his soul, and death will only be for him a short passage from his rest to his eternal rest.

What a terrible misfortune it will be for those who will not try to experience the truth of the promises of Jesus Christ, and how torment themselves vainly in this world, to be tormented for ever in the next!"

Source: Manual for Interior Souls by Fr. Grou S.J. 3rd edition. London: St. Anselm's Society, Westminster, England. 1905.

My Lord, I lay my soul down beside You in your cold, dark shall I find my rest. Amen+

1 comment:

swissmiss said...

Another good series. I'm totally with you in doing lots of things, like learning this or that, but neglect many of the more worthy things, like prayer. In our daily lives, it is so easy to get caught up in the noise and neglect the quiet.