St Gabriel Windows

St Gabriel Windows
Photocopy c. 2013 Jamie Laubacher

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Saints Shine Like the Sun...... first post that started it all, a couple Januaries ago now. I missed the anniversary date of my blog debut by a couple weeks - but it goes with the territory! A busy mom life. I know my readers can appreciate that. Thank you for visiting and sharing with me. I pray for all of you! Enjoy this thoughtful essay from one of my favorite writers. God bless!

What we find ravishing in a small child is his transparency. He attracts us without our focusing on ourselves. In some way, he makes an infinite presence tangible to us and binds us again to the divine Source like a sacrament of light. For how many fathers were the tears welling up in their eyes in the presence of their grace-filled child the divine dew that made prayer rise in their heart.

At certain times, the child, in truth, enlightens and purifies us by making us permeable to this mysterious flux which invades the being in a state of openness. Works of art, in their own way, produce a similar effect, like everything that is truly transparent here below.

The proud hurt us because they are opaque. They lock up everything within themselves and imprison us within their own limitations.

Saints free us by allowing a divine light to shine within themselves. In each one of us there is a mystical vocation, most of the time unaware of itself. Our personal self crushes us and we need to be “healed” of ourselves. We are truly happy only when we lose sight of ourselves and disappear into what is beyond ourselves. We would like to have our bondage point in someone else. We are obscurely worked upon by this aspiration which drives saints to identify themselves with God by placing their true self in Him: “And now, it is no longer I who live, God is the one who lives in me.” That is, basically the motto for all of them and it is also ours inasmuch as we discover again this childlike quality of the soul beatified in the Gospel.

Father Maurice Zundel
(+1975) Swiss mystic, poet, philosopher, liturgist and author


Meredith said...

Just beautiful Denise! I link this on my blog today. Happiest bloversary to you! Blessings!

Denise said...

Thank you Meredith!
I'm going to be posting something old (that will be linking to your blog) and something new, shortly. Just not a lot of computer time to play in the cyber sandbox with these days :-)

Many blessings!

scmom (Barbara) said...

Happy Anniversary, Denise. Beautiful words.