Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Certain Beginning of Glory

O, the joy of coming fresh from the Sacrament of Reconciliation!  Our life washed clean, all scrubbed and shining, our resolution to "go and sin no more" firmly intact!

It is the time of year when we're invited to take a sober look into our ways of living, our motives, our sinful patterns.  We do so not merely for the sake of observation.  We look at our faults in order to bring them to the ONLY One Who can heal them.

As we do so, we're able to come to a deeper appreciation of our Savior.

If we can catch even the merest glimpse of His love for us, I think we might explode with joy.

"Joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian."  (GK Chesterton)

"Grace is nothing else but a certain beginning of glory in us."  (St. Thomas Aquinas)

For prayer and meditation: 

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old order has passed away; now all is new!  All this has been done by God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.  (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)

Jesus "said to the woman, 'your faith has been your salvation.  Now go in peace.'"  (Luke 7:50)

(painting The Laughing Boy by Robert Henri 1910.  In US public domain)