No one can stop God’s mercy, not even those who think too highly of themselves, not even those who sneer at whatever they think is weaker than they are, not even those who disrespect God’s riches. How I hope these words will instruct the minds of those who are humble.
Remember that each of these steps takes time and can’t be rushed. Yes, it’s heartbreaking that the soul must move painfully slowly toward God. It takes such baby steps. I myself spent much time weeping at each step, with bitter comfort.
That’s what happens to the soul
in the fire of God’s love.
All of its weaknesses are cast out like dross,
Then, stripped of its fragilities, the soul
rests in God, with no characteristics of its own,
since its purification is the stripping away of the lower self in us.
Then our being is God.
I flame out––intense, godly Life––over the shining fields of corn,
I glow in the shimmer of the fire’s embers,
I burn in the sun and the moon and the stars.
The secret Life of Me breathes in the wind
and holds all things together soulfully.
Here’s what a friendship with our dearest Companion, our holiest God, is like. In it, intimacy is always possible and can’t be stopped, except on our side, for God is always open to us. Nothing can come between us and God, our Spouse, and we can be alone with God whenever we want, as long as we want. All we have to do is desire it.
Lord, open on me…the viscera of your love and kindness….Break over me the fountains of unlimited mercy. Absorb me in the depths of Your love. Drown me in the flood of Your living love, like a drop loses itself in the ocean’s fullness….Let the raindrops of Your kind love make me cling to you.
Indescribable, blazing love! Sweet love! Open our memory up for us, so we can receive, remember, and grasp the great goodness of God. As much as we understand God’s goodness, we’ll love, and whenever we love, we find ourselves in union with and transformed by that love.
When the Trinity––through love––made the world and us, this act of creativity joined every one on earth to God, and this unique unity helps us stay as pure and as excellent as when we were first created….God’s good love is continually re-created in every soul who seeks healing in God’s will.