Thought of the day
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time

“I proclaim your praise”

     "We have been predestined by the decree of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, so that we may be “the praise of His glory” (Eph 1:6.12.14). It is Saint Paul who tells us this, Saint Paul who was instructed by God Himself. How do we realize this great dream of the Heart of our God, this immutable will for our souls? In a word, how do we correspond to our vocation and become perfect “praises of glory” of the Most Holy Trinity? 

     In Heaven each soul is a praise of glory of the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, for each soul is established in pure love and lives no longer its own life, but the life of God. Then it knows Him, St. Paul says, “even as it is known” (1Cor 13:12). In other words, its intellect is the intellect of God, its will the will of God, its love the very love of God. In reality it is the Spirit of love and of strength who transforms the soul, for to him it has been given to supply what is lacking to the soul, as St. Paul says again: He works in it this glorious transformation (see Rm 8:28)… 

     A praise of glory is a soul that lives in God, that loves him with a pure and disinterested love, without seeking itself in the sweetness of this love; it is a soul that loves him beyond all his gifts and even though it would not have received anything from Him… Finally, a praise of glory is one who is always giving thanks. Each of her acts, her movements, her thoughts, her aspirations, at the same time that they are rooting her more deeply in love, are like an echo of the eternal Sanctus.