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Liguori – Love is a Light that Enlightens the Soul and Overcomes our Fallen Passions July 20, 2016

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A little bit more from St. Alphonsus, also from his book The Holy Eucharist.  This really struck me as a beautiful reflection on how great our need is for God’s Grace to convert us, to see st-alphonsus-2through the stains of sin that so blind us to our failings.  But through love of God, our eyes can be opened, and we can begin a much better, holier form of life:

One of the greatest evils that the sin of Adam has produced in us, is that darkening of our reason by means of the passions which cloud our mind.  Oh, how miserable is that soul that allows itself to be ruled by any passion!  Passion, is at it were, a vapor, a veil which prevents us from seeking the truth.  How can he fly from evil, who does not know what is evil?  Besides, hqdefaultthis obscurity increases in proportion as our sins increase.  But the Holy Spirit, who is called “most blessed light,” is He who not only inflames our hearts to love Him, through His divine splendor, but also dispels our darkness, and shows us the vanity of earthly things, the value of eternal goods, the importance of salvation, the price of grace, the goodness of God, the infinite love which He deserves, and the immense love which He bears us.  The sensual man perceiveth not those things that are of the Spirit of God (I Cor ii:14). A man who is absorbed in the pleasures of earth knows little of these truths, and alphonsustherefore, unfortunate that he is, he loves what he ought to hate, and hates what he ought to love.  St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi exclaimed: “O love not known! O love not loved!”  And therefore St. Teresa said that God is not loved because he is not known. Hence the Saints were always seeking light from God: “Send forth Thy light; illuminate my darkness; open Thou my eyes.”  Yes, because without light light we cannot avoid precipices, nor can we find God.

A prayer from St. Alphonsus related to the above: O holy and Divine Spirit, I believe st-alphonsus-liguorithat Thou art really God, but one only God with the Father and the Son. I adore Thee, and acknowledge Thee as the giver of all those lights by which Thou hast made known to me the evil which I have committed in offending Thee, and the obligation which I am under of loving Thee.  I thank Thee for them, and I repent with all my heart of having offended Thee.  I have deserved that Thou shouldst abandon me in my darkness; but I see that Thou has not yet forsaken me.  Continue, O eternal Spirit, to enlighten me, and to make me know more and more Thy infinite goodness; and give me strength to love Thee for the future with my whole heart.  Add grace to grace; so that I may be sweetly overcome, and constrained to love none other but Thee. I implore this of Thee, through the merits of Jesus Christ.  I love Thee, my sovereign good; I love Thee more than myself.  I desire to be entirely Thine; do Thou accept me, and suffer me not to be separated from Thee any more.  O Mary, my Mother, do thou always assist me by thy intercession!

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I found the metaphor of our passions as a veil barring us from the truth to be very familiar, very meaningful.  Really beautiful.  I pray these little postings are helpful to you!  To be honest, these are some of my favorite posts, so I’d do them anyway!

Dominus vobiscum!

Comments

1. Baseballmom - July 20, 2016

“Send forth Thy light; illuminate my darkness; open Thou my eyes.”
Absolutely love these, and St. Alphonse Ligouri 😀

2. hiker567 - July 21, 2016

Beautiful stuff, Tantum! Thank you!

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Tantumblogo - July 21, 2016

God bless you. Thank you.

3. Margaret Costello - July 21, 2016

Agree. Your posts by the saints on different matters of spirituality are a balm to my soul in these crazy times. Keep posting them my brother! And thank you for feeding us with such rich spiritual food:+) God bless~

4. MFG - July 22, 2016

Thanks for posting these – I wonder, how do our attachments and even “small” venial act as a veil for those still progressing in the interior life? St. Alphonsus is great – his book on the Passion was remarkable – really brought us closer to experience what Christ felt during his passion.

Tantumblogo - July 22, 2016

It’s a continuum, perhaps. Bigger sins blind us severely, lesser ones only slightly. But St. John of the Cross viewed even one small attachment sufficient to keep one from achieving perfection in the interior life. He likened it to a very thin string, still strong enough to keep the soul from taking flight.


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