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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Hearts Burning Within Us

God is love. Therefore, being seized by God is an enkindling in love -- when the spirit is ready for it. For all that is mortal is consumed in the fire of eternal love. And that means all movements that are released in the soul through creatures. If she (the soul) turns toward the creature, she withdraws herself from the divine love, although she cannot escape it. Then love becomes a fire that consumes the soul herself. The human spirit as spirit is destined for immortal being... There was nothing in Christ through his nature and his free decision that resisted love. He lived every moment of his existence in the boundless surrender to divine love. But in the Incarnation he had taken upon himself the entire burden of mankind's sin, embraced it with his merciful love, and hidden it in his soul... This is how the expiating fire burned in his inmost being, in his entire, lifelong suffering, in the most intense form in the Garden of Olives and on the cross, because here the sensible joy of the indestructible union ceased, subjecting him totally to the Passion, and allowing this Passion to become the experience of the total abandonment by God. In the 'Consummatum est,' the end of the expiatory fire is announced as is the final return into eternal, undisturbed union of love in the 'Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum.' In the Passion and death of Christ our sins were consumed by fire. If we accept that in faith, and if we accept the whole Christ in faith-filled surrender, which means, however, that we choose and walk the path of the imitation of Christ, then he will lead us through his Passion and cross to the glory of his Resurrection.
St. Edith Stein (Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, +1942, Student of Husserl,German philosopher and Jewish convert and Carmilite nun, put to death at Auschwitz).

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