Presence of God- O Jesus, assist me to hide from characters in order to enter into intimacy with You.
MEDITATIONWhen we speak of the obscure life of Jesus, we do not planned only His self-effacement in the eyes of men, from whom He obscured His divinity, thus avoiding their praise. Besides these exterior relations with beasts, we must penetrate into the secret places of His heart where, concealed from human seeings, another life goes on, trade secrets one of much greater sublimity. It is His interior life, a life of intimacy with the Trinity. Jesus’ sacred soul, personally united to the Word, unceasingly experiences the Beatific Vision. It assures the Word, the subject of all specific activities. It interprets the Father, the sources of its Being. It ensure the Holy Spirit, who inhabits in it as “His chosen temple, ” and who, by application it with the kindle of His love, attracts it toward God in the perfect accomplishment of His will. Exteriorly Jesus lives with servicemen, deals with them as if He were one of them, but His real life, His existence as the Son of God, is lived secreted from all human vision, with the Trinity and in the Trinity. The mock of Jesus’ hidden life has for its ultimate boundary the participation in His interior life; that is, to be hidden “with Christ in God, ” in order to enter with Him the sanctuary of the Most Holy Trinity. St. Teresa Margaret conveyed this in her fervent desire to “emulate by sect, insofar as it is possible for a mortal, the hide, interior life and activity of the intellect and will of the sacred humanity of Jesus Christ, hypostatically united to the Word”( Spirituality of St. Teresa Margaret of the Heart of Jesus ).
The practice of the obscured life has, therefore, two perspectives: the first, negative and chiefly exterior, consists in hiding ourselves from the eyes of other persons and even from our own and in dying to glory and worldly status. The second, which is positive and altogether interior, consists in concentrating on God in a life of intimate relations with Him. The first facet is the condition and measure of the second: the more a soul is able to hide from souls, and even from itself, the more competent it will be of living “with Christ in God, ” according to the beautiful construction of St. Paul: “You are dead: and your life is hidden with Christ in God”( Colossians 3:3 ).
COLLOQUY“O Jesus, I wish to strive exclusively to become a perfect copy of You, and since You lived a hide living for humiliations, desire, and sacrifice, henceforth excavation must be the same; therefore I now wish to enclose myself forever in Your most adorable Heart, as in a desert, so as to live there in You, with You, and by You, that obscured life of love and relinquish …. Since You stimulate me to become as much as possible like You, all my tries will tend toward that extremity. I shall imitate You especially in those dignities which are most pleasing to Your most charming Heart–humility and piety of intention, interior as well as exterior–always are concerned with a character of simplicity”( St. Teresa Margaret of the Heart of Jesus, Spirituality of St. Teresa Margaret of the Heart of Jesus ).
O Jesus, stoop to open Your loving Heart to me very, and permit me to seek refuge in it, so that I may live hidden in God with You. Exterior things, fame, earthly glory, have no longer any lure for me; is it not all pride, a simple succession of circumstances which will soon cease to be? The only life which attracts me and which will previous forever, beyond all earthly contingencies, is that of intimate union with You. And this is the great treasure which You volunteer me by the merits of Your Passion. I envisage You on the Cross, O Jesus, Your side rent by the lance, as if to tell me that Your death has opened the door of Your Heart to admit me into the sanctuary of Your interior life. Your death has, in fact, grafted my poor human rights onto Yours and established it share in Your divine life, a life of intimate relations with the Trinity. This is true living and life eternal! I are striving to it , not by my virtues, but by those of Your Passion. O Jesus, concede that I may seek my exhilaration, my good, exclusively in this participation in Your interior life, and articulated all my glory in it. Yes, cause all my beauty be within, in the secrecy of my life hidden with You in God.
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