Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Principles and Practices - October 28

Sweetness Of Divine Union

It is certain that the soul which is entirely united to God, and in perfect submission to the action of the Holy Spirit, receives from Him a more lively understanding of Divine things, a more piercing vision by which to apprehend supernatural truths.

It is equally sure that to this per­ception of the intellect there is a very intense corres­ponding affective tendency of the will, a sentiment of love, full of sweetness. The heart finds its con1­pletion in this love; it discovers a great delight therein, whether it enjoys the rapture of its union with the Beloved, or yearns after a union more in­timate still.

It is also evident that the result is an experimental knowledge of Divine things which gives wisdom in an eminent degree - Gustate et videte quonium suavis est Dominus. (Oh, taste and see how the Lord is gracious!)

From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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