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Whoever wishes to do God's work, unhampered, can imitate the sportsmen who cast aside all that is unnecessary as they approach the arena.
From the life of grace, a rope-ladder led upwards to where Christ and the Saints waited in Heaven to greet those who persevered even amidst howling winds, and who bravely held on, until the moment of death.
Like someone on a rope-ladder, with bleeding hands, we must endure trials and temptations.
A person who repents of sin, goes to Confession, receives absolution, prays and offers penance as the Church requests, and who perseveres in love and service, is eventually drawn into the life and prayer of the Holy Trinity, as if spiralling in a heavenly dance of delight, in known and blissful union.
The very Spirit Who was with Christ in His Passion and Who raised Him up from the grave dwells - with the Father and Son - in the soul of every persecuted Christian; and each one who suffers for love of Christ should remember that whatever happens externally, that faithful soul is full of Divine Light.
When following Christ's Way we can only see one step at a time. The future is hidden from us; but Christ wants each of us to know that, at every step, He is beside us, showing us the Way, giving encouragement and peace.
Even though we can only take one step at a time as we follow Christ's Way, unable to see into the future, we can be certain that Christ is very close to us, encouraging us on our journey of faith, offering us the graces we need to persevere as far as Heaven.
Whenever we pray in the name of Christ to our Heavenly Father, we are wise to keep in mind that Heaven should be our final destination. Christ has made possible our contact with Heaven, and the promise of Eternal joy for the faithful. If we could peer through a little window into Heaven, without being dazzled by Divine glory, we would see the wonders prepared for all of Christ's true friends.
Friends of Christ ought not to grow despondent at the thought of growing old, and closer to Heaven, their destination. They are like people who are stiff and weary after a long coach journey but exhilarated by their first glimpse of the sea, as they turn into the sea front, and get ready to disembark. Our troubles today are only temporary. God awaits us in glory.
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