AWARE // LENT D::25
[ READING :: 1 John 3:11-24 ]
“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” (verse 23-24)
I have taken this opportunity to communicate to you the sentiments of one of our society, concerning the admirable effects and continual assistances that he receives from the presence of God. Let you and me both profit by them. ---- God, says he, has infinite treasure to bestow, and we are satisfied with a little sensible devotion, which passes in a moment. Blind as we are, we hinder God and stop the current of His graces. But when He finds a soul penetrated with a lively faith, He pours into it his graces and favors plentifully. There they flow like a torrent that has found a passage, after being forcibly stopped against its ordinary course, and spreads itself with impetuosity and abundance.
Yes, we often stop this torrent by the little value we set upon it. But let us stop it no more. Let us enter into ourselves and break down the bank that hinders it. Let us make way for grace. Let us redeem the lost time, for perhaps we have but little left. Death follows us closely. Let us be well prepared for it, for we die but once, and a miscarriage there is irretrievable. I say again, let us enter into ourselves. The time presses, there is no room for delay—our souls are at stake. I believe you have taken such effectual measures that you will not be surprised. I commend you for it—it is the one thing necessary. We must, nevertheless, always work at it, because not to advance in the spiritual life is to go back. But those who have the gale of the Holy Spirit go forward even in sleep. If the vessel of our soul is still tossed with winds and storms, let us awake the Lord, who reposes in it, and he will quickly calm the sea.
– From Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
(here is a link to the version of this book that i have.)
? Is the Spirit you have been given your gale and your sail in the winds of the desert ?