Friday, October 30, 2020

Liberty's secret...

Freely you have received, 
freely give. - Matt 10:8

The secret lies in a total 
offering of self, withholding nothing.  
Jesus was a total oblation on the Cross. 
There wasn't a cell of His body or sentiment of His heart
that He didn't offer to the Father. 
Anything we withhold for ourselves is lost,
because we only possess what we give.

St Francis of Assisi who, because of the elevated fervor
of his devotion to the Eucharist can be considered a special guide 
on the topic, ends his wonderful discourse on the Eucharist 
with this exhortation:  "Look at God's humility, my brothers, and pour out your hearts before Him.  Humble yourselves, 
so that He who has given Himself 
wholly to you may receive you wholly."

In the Imitation of Christ, Jesus says: "Look, I offered Myself wholly to the Father for you; I also gave My whole body and blood for food, that I might be wholly yours, and you should remain mine.  But if you stand upon yourself and do not offer yourself freely to My will, the offering is not fully made, nor will union between us be complete."

What we hold back for ourselves to keep a margin of 
freedom from God pollutes all the rest. It is the little 
silk thread St John of the Cross speaks of, 
which prevents the bird from flying.

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa
The Eucharist, Our Sanctification
Fr Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household, will receive the Cardinal's hat 
at the forthcoming Consistory in Rome on November 28, along with 12 others.
Painting above:  Jose Gallegos y Arnosa

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