Monday, December 17, 2018

For in us too, Christ rests...

“God looked over the world for an empty heart – a heart that 
was empty like a flute on which He could pipe a tune ... 
and the emptiest heart He could find was the heart of a lady.  
Since there was no self there, He filled it with His Very Self.” 
- Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God (1944)

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"In Advent Christ rested in Mary 
still, silent, helpless, utterly dependent. 
The Creator trusted Himself to His creature.

...This was a foreshadowing 
of what the Incarnation would mean for us;
for in us too, Christ rests as He rested in Mary

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From the moment 
when the Christ life is conceived in us,  
our life is intended for one thing
the expression of His love, 
His love for God and for the world.

... We must allow the Christ life 
to grow in us in rest. 
Our whole being must fold upon Christ's rest in us, 
as the earth folds upon the seed."

Caryll Houselander, The Passion of the Infant Christ
(London: Sheed and Ward, 1949)

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