As the mother teaches her child to walk so also God teaches us to have a
living faith in Him. A mother will position a child on its feet, walk away, and
then ask the child to come to her. Without the motherís support, the child will
cry, wanting to come to her, yet afraid, or in trying to approach her, falls
over. In like manner, God teaches the Christian to have faith in Him. Just like
a child learning to walk, our faith is feeble. God temporarily abandons a
Christian and consigns him to various adversities, and later, when the need
arises, delivers him. He directs us to look to Him and go to Him. The Christian
attempts to see Him, but a heart untrained in seeing God is fearful of its own
boldness, stumbles and falls. But God is near and is ready to take the
powerless Christian in His arms. That is why in various sorrows and devilís
snares, learn to look upon the Savior with eyes of your heart. Look upon Him
boldly as an inexhaustible treasure-trove of goodness and fervently beseech Him
for His assistance. And you will receive it instantly. The important thing here
is to view the Lord with your heart & have trust in Him as All-goodness.
This is the truth taken from experience! This is how God teaches us to
acknowledge our frailties and to depend on Him.
How many times, Master Lord Jesus did You restore my being, which I so
flippantly corrupted with sin! Countless times! How many times did You deliver
me out of the flames of numerous passions that were burning inside me, from the
abyss of melancholy and despair! How many times did You restore my corrupted
heart by me just invoking Your name with faith? You did this so many times
through your life-giving Sacraments. O, Master! There is no end to Your mercy
for me sinner. What will I bring You for Your immeasurable grace, Jesus, my
Life and contentment! Help me to become vigilant.
God has great respect for beings that He endowed with reason and a free
will, especially for Angels and saints. He acts through them to enlighten and
save people. Consequently, do not say "I always turn to God directly with
my needs." Sometimes, one has to address His saints, as messengers and
instruments of His help. God himself does not want people, who have attained a
high spiritual level to remain idle and not help those who are not yet strong
in their faith. For example, once a mother from Canaan, through her entreaties,
obtained the release of her daughter from the devilís possession, while four
friends succeeded in having their infirm friend healed, by bringing and placing
him at the feet of Christ.
As a creation of His infinite Wisdom, God has total respect toward nature
and its laws. He normally implements His will through nature and its laws,
punishing or blessing us through various physical elements and lifeís
circumstances. Consequently, in the absence of dire need do not demand a
miracle from Him.
Without the help of His grace, you would not be able to conquer any one of
your carnal lusts. Therefore, always ask for help from Christ your Savior. That
is why He came into the world, that is why He suffered, died, and resurrected:
to help you in all things, to save you from the tyranny of passions and cleanse
you of your sins, to give you strength through the Holy Spirit to perform good
deeds, to enlighten you and bring you peace. You ask, "How can I find
salvation when there is temptation every step of the way and I sin every
minute?" There is a simple answer to this: "With every step and every
minute, call upon the Savior. This way you will save yourself and others."
Just as breathing is essential to the body, so is the Holy Spirit essential
for the soul. What air is to the body is what Godís Spirit is to the soul. Air
is akin to the Spirit of God.
In descending upon the whole universe, the Holy Spirit the Comforter passes
through all the faithful, humble, kind-hearted and meek souls, residing,
invigorating and strengthening them. He becomes one spirit with them and
becomes everything to them ó their light, strength, peace, joy, and success in
their endeavors, especially in leading a virtuous life.
How easily and instantly can God save us! Often, I would be a great sinner
in daytime, but in the evening after prayer, I would retire absolved, with deep
serenity and peace in my heart, and by the Grace of the Holy Spirit, be whiter
than snow. How effortless it is for God to save us even in the evening of our
life, at the twilight of our days. O, save me, save me Lord, receive me into
Your Heavenly Kingdom, for everything is possible for You. Even if we fall, we
fall before our Lord. And He is able to make us stand up (Romans 14:4).
When the Savior lived on earth, all those who came into contact with His
garments were healed. In the same manner, contemporary people who apply the
holy water with faith are healed. After all, a Cross immersed into water with a
prayer of faith carries with it the life-giving power of God. Just as the
Savior's garments were permeated with His spirit, so is the water in which the
life-giving Cross was immersed permeated with His spirit, giving it healing
By inflicting our physical body with illnesses, God destroys our primitive
and sinful being so as to give strength to our new being, which we have made
impotent through actions of the flesh: gluttony, waste, distractions and
various other attachments. "For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2
Cor 12:10) One must accept illnesses with gratitude.
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