The Truth to Which John Testified

The Truth to Which John Testified
Magnificat December 2011

Instead of attempting to free ourselves from the things of the senses, or abstracting from them, we should try to probe deeper into them; not stopping at their external appearance, which changes, but seeking what is hidden deep in their substance:  their being, in a word.  For God is Being.  And thus we shall find him beneath the veil of the senses.

This is the meaning of the Incarnation.  God became tangible, in order to teach us to find him in all that we touch and see and fee; for we are necessarily bound to the senses in this life.  Jesus did not do away with these external contacts; what he taught us is not to stop at them.  He taught us to find his Father in everything: in the flowers, in the lilies of the field, in the birds, in sorrow - in everything, because everything comes from his love, and must return to it.  "That while we acknowledge him as God seen by men, we may be drawn by him to the love of things unseen."

We must endeavour, therefore, to cultivate this spiritual "second-sight."  It is the secret of the saints, fort whom this world is not an obstacle between their souls and God, but a living image, a resplendent mirror of his goodness and beauty.  It is this great Reality, so utterly beyond our conception, that the Incrnation made possible:  that by loving and imitating Jesus incarnate, we love and imitate God himself.

 - Dom Augustin Guillerand, O. Cart (was a French Carthusian monk and a revered spiritual author, December's Magnificat)

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