Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Rest of the Story

Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Abandonment to Divine Providence
"The whole world would contain the books that would be written"
Jesus lives and works among us, throughout our lives, from the beginning of time to the end... The life he began continues in his saints for ever... When “the world itself cannot contain everything that could be written about Jesus,” about what he did and said, about his own life; when the gospels have only sketched in a few details; when the first hour is so unknown and yet so fateful - what an infinite number of gospels would be required to record the history of every moment of that mystical life of Jesus Christ whose miracles continually multiply! They will continue till the end of time, since, in fact, time is but .the history of divine action! The Holy Spirit has picked out in clear and unmistakable characters a few moments of that. vast duration of time, preserved in the scriptures a few drops of that ocean, revealed the secret and mysterious way in which Jesus appeared on earth...
So the rest of the story, which consists of the whole mystical life of Jesus in the souls of saints, remains a matter of our faith... The Holy Spirit no longer writes gospels, except in our hearts; saintly souls are the pages, suffering and action the ink. The Holy Spirit is writing a living gospel with the pen of action, which we will only be able to read on the day of glory when, fresh from the presses of life, it will be published.
O what a beautiful story! What a beautiful book the Holy Spirit is now writing! It is in the press, not a day passes when the type is not being set, the ink not applied, the pages not being printed. But we remain in the night of faith, the paper is darker than the ink..., it is in the language of another world which we cannot understand; it is a gospel we will only be able to read in heaven.

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