Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Behold I knock

And you, whoever you may be, to whom Divine Providence should bring this book, be you great or small, poor or rich, wise or ignorant, priest or layman, monk or nun: go now to the foot of the altar and contemplate Jesus there, in the sacrament where he hides. Remain there in silence. Say nothing to him, Look upon him and wait for him to speak to you in the depths of your heart. You will see him. I have died, he says, and my life is hidden in God until I appear in my glory to judge the world. Hide yourself in God with me, and do not think of appearing until I appear. If you are alone, I will be your companion. If you ar week, I will be your strength. If you are poor, I will be your  treasure. If you are hungry, I will be your food. If you are afflicted, I will be your consolation and your joy. If you are bored, I will be your delight. If you are falling, I will hold you up. "Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me." I do not wish for a third: none other but you and me. 

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, "A Life Hidden in God," in Meditations for Lent, an anthology published by the wonderful folks at Sophia Institute Press. I bought the whole set before Lent. A very worthy investment! 

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