Friday, June 12, 2015

The Thoughts of His Heart

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Trial, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? As Scripture says: “For your sake we are being slain all the day long; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.” Yet in all this we are more than conquerors because of him who has loved us. (Romans 8:35 ff.)

On this Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, my reading and meditation of these days has taken on deeper meaning, reflecting on the graduality of our life  in Christ. St. Catherine of Siena speaks of steps onto a bridge and St. Bernard of Clairvaux speaks of a natural progression applied to the supernatural. The Cross is the bridge and our first step, contrition, has us kiss the Feet of Christ. By longing or desire for Him alone, we climb the second step to be nourished by the flood from His open side, from His Heart. As St. Bonaventure says, we find shelter there as doves in the cleft of the rock.

With the absolute confidence of a small child, we know that nothing, but nothing matters when we are sheltered at His side.

Save us, O Savior of the world. In the shadow of your wings we find rescue!

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