Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

St. John of the Cross Novena: Day Seven

From Degrees of Perfection:

2.  Endeavor to remain always in the presence of God, either real, imaginative, or unitive insofar as is permitted by your works.

·         Eucharistic Adoration!  Before the Exposed Blessed Sacrament!  My favorite devotion!
·         God is present.  Constantly.  It is not “permitted by my works” to spend my life before the Monstrance.  Make many acts of adoration/devotion throughout the day.
·         Remain in God’s presence throughout the day.  Good times: reading a book, dining with family, etc.  Challenging times: difficult people, grocery shopping, other unpleasant chores, etc.

“God sustains every soul and dwells in it substantially even though it may be the greatest sinner in the world.  This union between God and creatures always exists.”
The Ascent of Mt. Carmel, Book Two, Chapter 5

PS to myself: It is good to recall the idea of the unity of God and creatures when faced with the challenge of difficult people.  That is God’s presence at that very moment!  Remember this!

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