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How few people welcome Christ to their heart's inner chamber. They leave Him in the hall way, ashamed to reveal themselves.
God, through His Holy Spirit's action, caused the Word to enter Mary's life, by her consent, and to take flesh in her womb.
When a weak person implores God's help, His grace pours upon and through that soul, lavishly. The one who feels strong remains closed to God.
However brightly-polished may be the 'window' of our souls, if we keep the shutter half-shut we shut out God, our light.
The one who, after death, rejects God, 'falls' like a stone into the infinite abyss.
The most Holy Spirit sometimes withdraws His gifts and gives them to others if we reject them
A person's life stretches ahead, like an empty street, ready for God's glorious buildings to arise (if a person does not erect fences, or hold private ambitions).
The life of peace and grace cannot be tasted by one who refuses to discard his selfish desires. Thus laden, he cannot enter humbly within his own soul.
No-one is denied mercy who asks for it. But one who will not open to love's rays of light is not able to accept mercy.
The glorious virtues of the Most Holy Spirit pour upon and through the person who invites Him to do His work within.
One who tries to serve 'two masters', to serve God and man without conflict, is forced, eventually, to choose His destination.
The painful purification which souls undergo in this life (if they consent) is like the pains of Purgatory, before 'birth' into Heaven.
One who chooses to ignore Christ is turning His back on the bleeding figure who suffered death for our sins.
Someone who holds firmly to untruth is in danger of the 'poison' escaping and contaminating every other thought - as when a leaking jar ruins a store-cupboard.
We have a choice: to climb the mountain of holiness before we die, and go through the 'curtain' at death straight to Heaven, by God's grace; or to make great efforts, or half-hearted efforts, then finish the ascent in Purgatory; or we can choose to give up the climb, and to fall away, and to abandon the hope of reaching Heaven after death.
A screaming child, incoherent with anger, needs to be left to realise his need of help, and to admit his foolishness. Our wise God gives rebellious adults opportunities for reflection. He does not force us to do His Will. He even allows us, if we insist, to separate ourselves from Him eternally.
At his death, a man was delivered to the demons, whose suggestions he had followed in earthly life - instead of following God's laws. They began to inflict on him those torments which he had inflicted upon his victims without mercy.
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