You canâ€™t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. Now God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in Him. Yet we will not seek it in Him as long as he leaves us any other resort where it can even plausibly be looked for. While what we call â€˜our own lifeâ€™ remains agreeable we will not surrender it to Him. What then can God do in our interests but make â€˜our own lifeâ€™ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible source of false happiness? The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world. They say of some temporal suffering, â€œNo future bliss can make up for it,â€ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. And of some sinful pleasure they say â€œLet me have but this and Iâ€™ll take the consequencesâ€: little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sin. Both processes begin even before death. The good manâ€™s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad manâ€™s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say â€œWe have never lived anywhere except in Heaven,â€ and the Lost, â€œWe were always in Hell.â€ And both will speak truly.â€™Here are some of the other random quotes I enjoyed from this month’s reading:
I need Christ, not something that resembles Him. Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. I think the art of life consists in tackling each immediate evil as well as we can.
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