I forgot this, even in my prayer this morning, reminded only after I read CWW’s Daily Reading mail – that today is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, widely known as the Founder of the Jesuit Order. My hope and prayers for all children of God inspired by this man of vision and mission, a man on fire for God.
I scrolled down the mail and got to the commentary part written by no other than Pope Benedict XVI himself. With a mind like his, I need to have that gentle resolve at hand to read unhurriedly, unlike one of those blog post replies. I feel the Papal fire, the love for Jesus I can’t help but spread it in return. Thank you CWW. Reading without hurrying – it’s one way of being gentle with my hungry spirit. Here’s the quote:
“Because of their lack of faith”
“Some recent theologians are of the opinion that the fire which both burns
and saves is Christ himself, the Judge and Saviour. The encounter with him
is the decisive act of judgement. Before his gaze all falsehood melts away.
This encounter with him, as it burns us, transforms and frees us, allowing
us to become truly ourselves. All that we build during our lives can prove
to be mere straw, pure bluster, and it collapses. Yet in the pain of this
encounter, when the impurity and sickness of our lives become evident to
us, there lies salvation. His gaze, the touch of his heart heals us through
an undeniably painful transformation «as through fire». But it is a blessed
pain, in which the holy power of his love sears through us like a flame,
enabling us to become totally ourselves and thus totally of God.
In this way the inter-relation between justice and grace also becomes
clear: the way we live our lives is not immaterial, but our defilement does
not stain us for ever if we have at least continued to reach out towards
Christ, towards truth and towards love. Indeed, it has already been burned
away through Christ’s Passion. At the moment of judgement we experience and we absorb the overwhelming power of his love over all the evil in the world and in ourselves. The pain of love becomes our salvation and our joy.”
Pope Benedict XVI
Encyclical « Spe Salvi », 47 (© copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)
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