June 17, 2010

Purgative Pyrotechnics

From the Word Among Us:
[Immaculée] begged the Lord to help her to forgive. But how could she possibly forgive people who would do such things? Immaculée put that question to the Lord, and after several days of intense prayer, she heard God say to her: “You are all my children.”
And, from a random flipping through St. Faustina's diary, came across the very beginning of Notebook #2, and there was her insistence that the blood and water that flowed from His side was for sinners:
The bowels of God's mercy are opened for us
Through the life of Jesus, stretched on the Cross.
O sinner, you must not doubt or despair,
But trust in mercy, for you also can become holy.

Two streams in the form of rays
Have gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus,
Not for Angels, nor Cherubim, nor Seraphim,
But for the salvation of sinful man.
Too often I think it not right, not fair, or perhaps wishful thinking to think that these streams of mercy will be enough. I think that's human nature talking - a nature that doesn't easily forgive and thus accuses God of the same. "To err is human, forgive divine" indeed, and too often I fall into the trap of erring by not believing the second clause.

The Psalm for Morning Prayer today asks, "What burnt-offering could be worthy of the Lord? The forests of Lebanon could not feed that fire; all the animals of Lebanon would not be enough for sacrifice."

But Christ fulfills that perfectly. He's the sacrifice that is worthy. And if the fire comes down from Heaven in the form of the Holy Spirit, in the form of purging, then let me not shrink from Him!

"The prophet Elijah arose like a fire...By the word of the Lord, he shut up the heavens, he also, three times, brought down fire. How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah!...to allay God's wrath before the fury breaks." - from today's First Reading.

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