What of tears?
What of feelings of deep emotion?
What of the thoughts that seem to interfere
When one encounters the One to Whom we pray?
Don’t let them get in the way.
What is a poor body to do,
But quake before the awesome Presence?
What better use of tears
But to purify the vessel.
Allow the thoughts to bathe therein,
Outside the city
And realms of sin,
In the arms
Of One Who loves you
Through and through.
We can arrive at eternity simply saved, bare bones, just having made it across the finish line, or by living the life, the words, the deeds, indeed the whole plan of Jesus and His Father in the Holy Spirit, given by, in, and through grace, as gift, lived in view of eternity, we can arrive at Heaven’s gate, another Christ, splendid in love and meriting the reward Paul assured us waited at the end of a race we’ll run. All the more glory to God!
“Watch your thoughts.
They become your words.
Watch your words
They become your actions.
Watch your actions.
They become your habits.
What your habits.
They become your character.
Watch your character.
It becomes your eternity. “
I’m quoting Fr. Wade Menezes. I can’t remember. who or if he was quoting. He often reminds us of the most wonderful things said for our salvation and growth in the spiritual life.
Pope Benedict XVI:
“Llife is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose!”
“Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy.”
“There is also something sinister which stems from the fact that freedom and tolerance are so often separated from truth. This is fuelled by the notion, widely held today, that there are no absolute truths to guide our lives.”
(Address to Youth – Sydney, Australia, July-2008)