Oh Lord, purify me, make me a chalice in which you dwell, offer your sacrifice in me and spread your love through me. Let me shine like gold, adorn me with the jewels of virtue that I may always be open to you. Fill me. Overflow me. Let me be like that most perfect vessel, the Singular Vessel of Devotion, She to whom I cry for protection against the Evil One. I ask this for your glory, for the vessel is nothing without the sustenance inside, the cup nothing unless it is filled. Oh Lord, purify me.

Give me a word, Abba

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rekindling the Spark

I have a confession to make. I listened to one of those talk shows on one of those radio stations. You know, the ones with relationship help? Well, I did it and that's that. I'm kind of thinking though that I got something more out of it than a normal 19 year old boy would.

The "Courtship Consultant" was talking about rekindling the spark in a relationship that had been going on for a long time. He said that we should ask questions again, discover new things about the other and in general treat it like the first date.

Now I was thinking, as I'm prone to do, and I decided that that is exactly like our relationship with God. When we first discover him, we're amazed and the flame grow and grows and grows, but after a while it just sort of becomes commonplace and the flame seems more like a spark. The more one loves God the more we see there is to love. How to rekindle that spark? Ask God questions, find out more about him. Delve into the Mystery of his Being and treat it like you don't know anything about him, which basically you don't, relatively speaking. I think it's Thomas Aquinas who says that we can't what God is (except by analogy) only what he isn't. And yet, those analogies are so helpful in understanding God as best we can.

Of course, this fits in very well with my last post. We are all in need of conversion. We are all in need of the rekindling that it only possible by throwing ourselves into God's passionate Love. To Love God we must know him. And knowing him will cause our love to flourish. Let us all, convert or no, abandon ourselves for a while into His arms. I think Dante had a dream about this once....recounted in The New Life. I might have to post something about that sometime.

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