Friendship of Jesus
Intimate Friendship of Jesus
Jesus is near, all is well and nothing seems difficult. When He is absent, all
is hard. When Jesus does not speak within, all other
not Mary Magdalen rise at once from her weeping when Martha said to her:
"The Master is come, and calleth for thee"? Happy is the hour when
Jesus calls one from tears to joy of spirit.
dry and hard you are without Jesus! How foolish and vain if you desire anything
but Him! Is it not a greater loss than losing the whole world? For what, without
Jesus, can the world give you? Life without Him is a relentless hell, but living
with Him is a sweet paradise. If Jesus be with you, no enemy can harm you.
who finds Jesus finds a rare treasure, indeed, a good above every good, whereas
he who loses Him loses more than the whole world. The man who lives without
Jesus is the poorest of the poor, whereas no one is so rich as the man who lives
in His grace.
is a great art to know how to converse with Jesus, and great wisdom to know how
to keep Him. Be humble and peaceful, and Jesus will be with you. Be devout and
calm, and He will remain with you. You may quickly drive Him away and lose His
grace, if you turn back to the outside world. And, if you drive Him away and
lose Him, to whom will you go and whom will you then
Christ must be loved alone with a special love for He alone, of all friends, is
good and faithful. For Him and in Him you must love friends and foes alike, and
pray to Him that all may know and love Him.
desire special praise or love, for that belongs to God alone Who has no equal.
Never wish that anyone's affection be centred in you, nor let yourself be taken
up with the love of anyone, but let Jesus be in you and in every good man. Be
pure and free within, unentangled with any creature.
must bring to God a clean and open heart if you wish to attend and see how sweet
the Lord is. Truly you will never attain this happiness unless His grace
prepares you and draws you on so that you may forsake all things to be united
with Him alone.
the grace of God comes to a man he can do all things, but when it leaves him he
becomes poor and weak, abandoned, as it were, to affliction.
in this condition he should not become dejected or despair. On the contrary, he
should calmly await the will of God and bear whatever befalls him in praise of
Jesus Christ, for after winter comes summer, after night, the day, and after the
storm, a great calm.