This is why such a soul experiences excessive sadness and despair soon as signs of its own lack of integrity show up, with the consequence that it immediately feels unacceptable to God.  That’s why a sick soul is always hiding the truth from itself, the mechanism for which is endless self-justification. And why the correction of such a soul is always taken as rejection.
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On Helping Souls That Are Being Tried
Do not lose your serenity on account of those who are being tried.  Pray for them; offer the sufferings of My Passion and some acts of self-denial, some self-imposed sufferings for them.”
Jesus to Sister Mary of the Holy Trinity
 
When souls are being tried, what they need from you is deeper love of Me—so that, through you, I may give them the grace they need.  So you see, you need your serenity even more at such times.  Do not try to buy peace for souls by losing your own!  Offer up your act of self-denial at such times, so that the soul who is suffering may get the grace to accept in joy what she cannot change—through your free offering of love.  You will see more and more how you are all instruments in the communication of My Love, for one another as for yourselves.  The more you will understand that, the more you will love one another.
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On Feeling Unloved
Only the realization that I love you now, I, Jesus, who know all your misery, all your sins, the failure of your whole life, only the knowledge that I Who know how underserving you are of anyone‘s love, yet love you nevertheless with the Love of God Himself, can take away the pain and anxiety of feeling unloved by so many persons, and not undeservedly.
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 The Age of St. Bernard’s is not like Ours.
St. Bernard, commenting on the Canticle (Song of Songs)

"Or perhaps, drawn away and seduced by his own concupiscence, he is still being dangerously tempted. Such a soul as this does not need a Bridegroom but a Physician, and for this reason receives, not kisses or caresses, surely, but only remedies for wounds in oil and ointments."

Yes, Bernard, in your time this was true — for the time had not yet come to force men willy-nilly from the highways and byways to the wedding feast. Men were still strong and able to overcome concupiscence with a help of the Physician less than the Kiss of His Mouth, less than the embrace of His intimacy. But now we are as children, impatient as we are weak, and needing, therefore, to be fondled and kissed by the Mother and her spouse, by Mary and Jesus.  0 Bernard, those of your age, who could help yourselves, needed the Physician only to supply the ointments of which you speak. But we need the Kiss of this Bridegroom who condescends to the weakness of little ones, like this little one who is too weak to help himself and therefore cries out:
"Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth, for thy breasts are better than wine.  For my justification now is not that I am healed by the ointments of the Physician, but that I am in the arms of His Mother, that it is her purity that makes me worthy of His embrace, not my virtue."
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If Something Is Painful
It seems I always assume that if something is painful, it is evil and to be avoided. Then, when I am suffering, I begin to think, and I do not rest until I have discovered some truth which I hope will remove the pain. But I do not think I do this only because I want to avoid suffering: it is rather that I look upon suffering as a sign that I am wrong somehow, that God is displeased with me, and therefore something in me must be changed.
    

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Who Believes in the Love that God Has for Us?
 
Who has believed the love that God has for us? He who lives from moment to moment drinking this love, knowing by this very love that he is loved, that he is being loved,
knowing by this very love that he is the object of the Father’s delight, even as he hears the words of the Father "This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased."
Such a person knows the love of the Father as he experiences the ceaseless continuity, the density of His love that will not permit him to leave the embrace of the Father for one single moment.
He knows this love of the Father as he realizes, by that instinct which the Father himself has given him, how utterly futile it would be to go anywhere except to the Father for his needs.
Such a person knows the love of the Father in that divine contentedness which is forever seeking to please the Father even as he rejoices in what the Father has given him, wanting nothing else now, and therefore in this perfect possession of the Father having the perfect disposition for what the Father would give him in the next moment — because the next moment does not exist.

0 the beauty of the Father's Love! How good He is to those who would receive His Goodness! To those whose every breath is the breath of the Holy Spirit, the Kiss of the Father to that soul who is lost in the Son, so lost that only the Father can find him, and finding him rejoices recognizing only His Beloved Son in whom He is well pleased.

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Book of Proverbs

The purpose of the proverbs of Solomon is that the soul may know what wisdom is, that it is in God, in the Son of the Father, not in itself.
And from this follows its instruction: for he who knows that he does not possess the wisdom which he needs in himself is open to the instruction of Him who is Wise.
Such a soul will live, not by what conforms to himself, not by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of the Father. He will be instructed by God because he does not lean on his own understanding. He will learn by this instruction not only the general universal truths of wisdom and justice, but as he receives each word coming out of the Mouth of the Father.
Such a man will be enlightened to make right judgments about practical things, and to give each one his due. For the thoughts of man cannot penetrate into the darkness which surrounds the sphere of his action. The thoughts of men are empty generalizations which do not penetrate into the depths of the things he is bound to do, the judgments he must make and the measure of what he is bound to give to each.
And thus those who have shall receive, for the man who is already just, acknowledging his own injustice and the incapacity of his own mind to judge rightly, shall receive the justice of God, and His Wisdom, because he asks truly for that which he knows he does not have in himself, and by the faith which believes in God's promises that He will give to those who ask.
 
And therefore God gives this subtlety of judgment, not to the wise who rely on their own judgment, and who ask only to glorify their own wisdom, but to little ones, to those who, like a little infant, have no confidence in their own strength or understanding.  
And therefore, too, wisdom, knowledge and understanding are not measured by years, by grey hairs, so that the young man who would receive everything from God in the understanding of his own poverty is wiser than the old man who seeks wisdom in himself.
And for this reason those who are wise in their own conceits are not open to instruction, for any truth that they do not possess is an abomination to then, a living proof that they do not possess the wisdom which they covet in themselves. But the truly wise shall hear and be wiser, because in hearing he attends to that which he does not understand, and therefore he receives because his soul asks.  And having learned to understand and to order his own life, others will come to him, if this be God‘s will, that they too may be ordered in their lives by his wisdom.
 
And so, if it be God’s will,  he shall possess governments. And even if he is not acknowledged by the foolish who in their blindness seek the blind to rule them, the truly wise will govern in the end, for wisdom shall laugh in the latter day! and scorn the scorners of wisdom, when those who have sought to glorify themselves in their rule shall be in hell where they shall see endlessly what that ‘wisdom’ is that they cherished, and their punishment shall be that they will have this wisdom for their company, separated from the Wisdom of God which they despised, for all eternity.
 
Likewise, he who is humbly attuned to the truth that is in God shall be given the light to penetrate the hidden sayings of God by which His Wisdom is protected from the profane and the idolatrous. He shall understand the subtle words of Wisdom, but the unwise and wicked shall have eyes and see not, being unable to understand the truth which they hate.
 
So it is that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, for wisdom begins in the seeking after wisdom, and that soul seeks after wisdom who does not trust its own. And why does it not trust its own wisdom? Because it sees in itself that evil motivation which would justify itself by its own thought, rejoicing in sin as it uses the mind God gave it to find Him only to find goodness and wisdom and truth in itself.
And thus the wicked have no fear of the Lord, because they have persuaded themselves of their own righteousness, and having no fear of the Lord, they do not seek wisdom, and therefore they never find that which they have convinced themselves they already possess.
And therefore they are fools who cannot recognize true wisdom, and loving the false wisdom that they would see in themselves, they despise the true wisdom of God. And therefore, too, it is impossible for then to be instructed, for their minds seek only that false wisdom which will glorify themselves.
 
Therefore, Solomon, speaking in the Person of Jesus, exhorts us to be like Him, receiving everything from the Father, even as His Son receives eternally everything from Him. Thus those who are in the Word of the Father hear each word the Father speaks to them, understand each thing that God sends them as the message of His Paternal Love and solicitude.
 
But it is only in the house of the Mother, it is only in her who is at once the Mother of God and our Mother that we are in the Word — I will take hold of thee, and bring thee into my mother's house: There thou shalt teach me. And what is this law of thy mother? That Mary alone has found grace with God, the law that makes us pleasing to the Father only as we are one with the Son in the Mother. Therefore, those whom God desires to instruct are brought into their Mother‘s house, as Jesus therefore said to us from the Cross, "Behold thy mother!"
 
And thus, living in her who is the Mother of grace, the soul receives from its Mother that rational milk which transforms its understanding, and it is bound to the Father by a chain of gold — which is to say that the will is bound to the Father by the chain of Wisdom, the Son, so that in the Son its will is to do only the will of the Father.    

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 God's "present" is the present, but alas! we prefer to wallow in the misery of our past and the nightmare of our future. And why? Only because the past and future can be thought about, because in our imagination at least the future is subject to our providence.
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Truth who are the Being of everything that is, I adore You!  Be my being — all — and  dissolve every lie in me, which is my being outside of Yourself, that I may know You and Love You with Your whole Being, even as You know me and love me!

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Jesus, when I say your Name in Mary, I would experience all the delight that the heavenly Father takes in You as He brings You forth eternally out of Himself.
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"Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God."
We shall see God as the Father brings forth the Son in the Unity of the Holy Spirit. The clean of heart, turning away from whatever is unclean in carnal generation, desire only to be one with the Son as He is One with the Father, that is to say, in His eternal Generation. The clean of heart, therefore, shall see God, because they desire to see Him, because the only intimacy they desire is the infinitely pure Intimacy of the Son in the Father, in the Love of the Holy Spirit. Therefore to the extent that we do not long for this divine intimacy, our hearts are not clean, and we are drawn towards the intimacy of the flesh. Therefore let us embrace the Spirit of Truth, and acknowledge the impurity in ourselves. Let us long for this cleanness of heart, that we may see God, trusting in His merciful Love.
    

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