kingdom of God is within you," says the Lord.
then, to God with all your heart. Forsake this wretched world and your soul
shall find rest. Learn to despise external things, to devote yourself to those
that are within, and you will see the kingdom of God come unto you, that kingdom
which is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, gifts not given to the impious.
will come to you offering His consolation, if you prepare a fit dwelling for Him
in your heart, whose beauty and glory, wherein He takes delight, are all from
within. His visits with the inward man are frequent, His communion sweet and
faithful soul, prepare your heart for this Bridegroom that He may come and dwell
within you; He Himself says: "If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and
My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with
place, then, to Christ, but deny entrance to all others, for when you have
Christ you are rich and He is sufficient for you. He will provide for you. He
will supply your every want, so that you need not trust in frail, changeable
men. Christ remains forever, standing firmly with us to the end.
not place much confidence in weak and mortal man, helpful and friendly though he
be; and do not grieve too much if he sometimes opposes and contradicts you.
Those who are with us today may be against us tomorrow, and vice versa, for men
change with the wind. Place all your trust in God; let Him be your fear and your
love. He will answer for you; He will do what is best for you.
have here no lasting home. You are a stranger and a pilgrim wherever you may be,
and you shall have no rest until you are wholly united with Christ.
do you look about here when this is not
you do not know how to meditate on heavenly things, direct your thoughts to
Christ's passion and willingly behold His sacred wounds. If you turn devoutly to
the wounds and precious stigmata of Christ, you will find great comfort in
suffering, you will mind but little the scorn of men, and you will easily bear
their slanderous talk.
Christ was in the world, He was despised by men; in the hour of need He was
forsaken by acquaintances and left by friends to the depths of scorn. He was
willing to suffer and to be despised; do you dare to complain of anything? He
had enemies and defamers; do you want everyone to be your friend, your
benefactor? How can your patience be rewarded if no adversity test it? How can
you be a friend of Christ if you are not willing to suffer any hardship? Suffer
with Christ and for Christ if you wish to reign with Him.
you but once entered into perfect communion with Jesus or tasted a little of His
ardent love, you would care nothing at all for your own comfort or discomfort
but would rejoice in the reproach you suffer; for love of Him makes a man
man who is a lover of Jesus and of truth, a truly interior man who is free from
uncontrolled affections, can turn to God at will and rise above himself to enjoy
who tastes life as it really is, not as men say or think it is, is indeed wise
with the wisdom of God rather than of men.
who learns to live the interior life and to take little account of outward
things, does not seek special places or times to perform devout exercises. A
spiritual man quickly recollects himself because he has never wasted his
attention upon externals. No outside work, no business that cannot wait stands
in his way. He adjusts himself to things as they happen. He whose disposition is
well ordered cares nothing about the strange, perverse behaviour of others, for
a man is upset and distracted only in proportion as he engrosses himself in
all were well with you, therefore, and if you were purified from all sin,
everything would tend to your good and be to your profit. But because you are as
yet neither entirely dead to self nor free from all earthly affection, there is
much that often displeases and disturbs you. Nothing so mars and defiles the
heart of man as impure attachment to created things. But if you refuse external
consolation, you will be able to contemplate heavenly things and often to
experience interior joy.