Thursday, September 19, 2013

Time to Be Clothed

I have been busy, over the last few days, talking about sewing and measuring and habits.  I've written about prayers, patterns, practices, materials, holiness, hemlines and grace...

Today I wondered:  is it time to write more about habits, or time to move on?  It was a kind of prayer.  And I think it was immediately answered. 

If I could put a word to it, the response would be: "neither."  It is time to take up the garment and simply put it on.  To continue cooperating with God's design for holiness, and to practice living each moment IN the habit of virtue and prayer. 

“You must put on that new man created in God’s image, whose justice and holiness are born of truth.” (Ephesians 4:24). 

"Do you see how little it takes to become a saint?  All that is necessary is acquiring the habit of wanting to do the will of God at all times.” (St. Vincent de Paul)

“Clothe me, O eternal Truth, clothe me with Yourself."  (St. Catherine of Siena)

“I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice.” (Isaiah 61:10) 

"You must put on the armor of God if you are to resist on the evil day; do all that your duty requires, and hold your ground.   Stand fast, with the truth as the belt around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and zeal to propagate the gospel of peace as your footgear.  In all circumstances, hold  faith up before you as your shield, it will help you extinguish the fiery darts of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, the word of God."  (Ephesians 6:13-17)

Painting:  Nicolas de Largillier, Frances Woollascott, an Augustinian Nun, Google Art Project

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