Monday, June 3, 2013

 "If Christ is growing in us, if we are at peace, recollected, because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it He is forming Himself; if we go in eager haste, to whatever our circumstances compel us, because we believe that He desires to be in that place, we will find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of His love....It is not necessary at this stage of our contemplation to speak to others of the mystery of the Life growing in us.  It is only necessary to give ourselves to that Life, all that we are, to pray without ceasing, not by a continual effort to concentrate our minds but by the growing awareness that Christ is being formed from what we are. We must trust Him for this because it is not a time to see His face. We must possess Him secretly and in the darkness, as the earth possess a seed. We must not try to force Christ's growth in us, but with a deep gratitude for the light burning secretly in our darkness, we must fold our concentrated love upon Him like the earth surrounding, holding and nourishing a seed.We must be swift to obey the winged impulses of His love, carrying Him to wherever He longs to be and those who recognize His presence will be stirred like Elizabeth, with new Life. They will know His presence, not by any special beauty or power shown in us, but in the way that the bud knows the presence of the light, by the unfolding in themselves, a putting forth of their own beauty." ~Caryll Houselander

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