Posting Number Three

A saint is one who possesses the infallible Goodness of God at every moment — because he does not want anything else.

You Must Not Force Your Love
You must not force your love, your love either of Myself or of your neighbor! Do you know why it is so wrong, and so displeasing to Me? It denies the Order of God Himself, the Order of the Blessed Trinity.  The Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit who is Love, doesn’t come forth from the Father before Me, who am Wisdom and Understanding.  No!  The Holy Spirit of Love proceeds from the Father, the Beginning, only through Me, only through the Understanding of the Father. And so it must be with you!  When you are moved by the true desire to love God more, therefore, turn your mind to contemplate in Me the Goodness of the Father.  When you see His Goodness in Me, you will be moved spontaneously to love Him, as I love Him, in the Holy Spirit.  When you contemplate the Father in Me, My Father becomes your Father, and thus He gives you everything as He gives Me everything. That is how you know His Goodness in Me, not as an abstract, sterile thought, but as receiving It.  And in this living knowledge of the Father’s Goodness, which you have in Me, you love the Father with Me in the Holy Spirit, even as you are loved by the Father.
Do you see, then, that love is an act of filial gratitude, the spontaneous reverberation of your soul to the Father's giving of Himself to you in Me? This is charity unfeigned, a charity which gives only what it knows it has received. You can see in this too why poverty is the first of the Beatitudes because it is only in your poverty, in the Knowledge that you have nothing in yourself, that you can receive the Kingdom of Heaven from the Father.

Now you will begin to see more and more how your supernatural life is in substance My Life, a Life which you receive totally from the Father.  Yes, you must use your reason very much, as I have told you so many tines, your reason enlightened by faith.  But you must not use your reason to take the place of Myself; you must use your reason to dispose yourself to receive, with Me and in Me, everything from the Father. The more perfectly you understand the things of God, the more will you be disposed to receive everything from the Father.  But when you are disposed to give what you have not received, you are trying to buy God's Love with your sins: "Whose hands come bearing gifts, their right hand is filled with sins."

Do you see how much I love you?
Do you see how much I love you? Do you see how I keep you by My side all day by the trials and temptations I send you.  Remember how easy it is for you to forget all about Me, to take yourself for granted as soon as I stop reminding you of your miseries. That is what you must understand — your need of temptation — then your temptations will purify you because you will depend totally on Me when I show you that there is nothing in yourself to depend on. Otherwise the very trials and temptations which are ordered to your perfection and purification will become an occasion of sin to you — you will feel abandoned by Me just when I am waiting to help you. Remember, in the Gospel, "O ye of little faith!"
When you have sinned, you feel that I do not love you. What you do not see is that what keeps Me from loving you, and you from believing in My Love, is not the sin, but the lie which denies the sin. When I permit you to commit the same sin repeatedly, the reason is that you have not acknowledged the cause of the sin. What is the cause of the sin?  Your desire to rejoice, not in Me, but in yourself.  Do not seek, therefore, to remove only the symptom, the sin itself that I use to humiliate you, but seek to remove the cause: seek to love Me always, and to hate everything in yourself which is not in Me.

Dark Night of the Soul
I cannot give you the grace to overcome a vice you do not acknowledge in yourself — even more, I cannot help you in your hypocrisy, when you would use what you think is your ‘spiritual life‘ to confirm yourself in your lies. I am Truth, and I love you, infinitely more than you could ever understand.  But My Love is Truth, and therefore it is impossible for Me to love a lie, and your whole life, almost, is a tissue of lies.  Like the sacrifices of the Jews, your sacrifices and what you consider your ‘supernatural’ works are an abomination to Me.  I have endured them until now only because I took pity on you in your ignorance.  I have tried to show you, by the sinful consequences of your own acts and desires, a little of your corruption.  In this way I have tried to penetrate through the thick armor of your self-justification, of your hypocrisy which would use even My Church and My Doctrine to draw souls to yourself instead of to Me.  But for all that I love you, and I will never forsake you. Only now you must understand that My Love is the loathing of all your unclean works, by which you seek to hide the truth from yourself.  Now I want you to love Me only in the silence of your soul, naked, without anything in yourself to reflect on. That is your death in Me. Wait now for My Resurrection, in the silence and darkness of your tomb.

Can Paul’s  words here possibly apply to a nice person like me?
Romans 3:9-12
For we have charged both Jews, and Greeks, that they are all under sin.
As it is written: There is not any man just.
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
All have turned out of the way; they are become unprofitable together: there is none that doth good, there is not so much as one.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have dealt deceitfully. The venom of asps is under their lips. . . .
Destruction and misery in their ways:
And the way of peace they have not known:
There is no fear of God before their eyes.
These words of St. Paul mostly gathered
from the books of the Old Testament, that is to say, the Old Law, are written, not only for the Jews, but for all who would look for their justification in that Law. What does this mean? That Paul speaks here to all who would look for their happiness and peace in their fulfillment of the Law. And this is what he says:   Jews and Greeks, that is to say, whoever may read these words who is not in Christ, are under sin.  And not only those who are not in Christ but even those who are in Christ are not justified by the works which proceed from them alone. But they are justified by Christ, both as giving them that principle of grace by which they are able to do good works, and as making that principle active so that they actually do the good works of which that first grace made them capable.

But why does Paul make this point, do you think? If you would know the answer, then ask yourself this question:  "In what do I take my pride and my delight? Do I rejoice in Jesus Whose Spirit gives testimony in my soul that I do, through that Spirit, the works which please the Father? Or is my peace and my delight in the works which I perform by my own spirit?"  And if you say that you are unable to answer this question, then let me answer it for you. If you work by the Spirit of Jesus, then that same Spirit testifies in you that you are corrupt outside of Jesus, yes, even as you are in Him, even as the body, which is alive as it is united to the soul, is a corrupting corpse outside of that soul, and if it could speak this would be its testimony, that it has life only in virtue of the soul to which it is united.
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