Thursday, May 09, 2013

Heaven In Faith

22.  "God chose us in Him before creation, that we should be holy and immaculate in His presence, in love."
The Holy Trinity created us in its image, according to the eternal design that is possessed in its bosom before the world was created, in this "beginning without beginning" of which Bosuet speaks following St. John: "In principio erat Verbum."  "In the beginning was the Word" and we could add: in the beginning was nothing, for God in His eternal solitude always carried us in His thought.  The Father contemplates Himself in the abyss of His fecundity, and by the very act of comprehending Himself He engendered another person, the Son, His eternal Word.  the archetype of all creatures who had not yet issued out of the void eternally dwells in Him, and God saw them and contemplated them in their type in Himself.  This eternal life which our archetypes possessed without us in God, is the cause of our creation.

23.  "Our created essence asks to be rejoined with its principle" "the Word" the Splendor of the Father, is the eternal archetype after which creatures are designed on the day of their creation.  This is why God wills that, freed from ourselves, we should stretch out our arms towards our exemplar and possess it " rising" above all things towards our model."  This contemplation opens the soul to unexpected horizons.  In a certain manner it possesses the crown towards which it aspires,  "the immense riches that God possesses by nature, we may possess by virtue of love, by His dwelling in us and by our dwelling in Him. "  It is by virtue of this immense love that we are drawn into the depths of the intimate sanctuary where God imprints n us a true image of His majesty.  Thus it is, thanks to love and through love, as the Apostle says, that we can be holy and immaculate in God's presence, and can sing with David; "I will be unblemished and I will guard myself from the depths of sinfulness within me."

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