Imitating Christ and Despising All Vanities on Earth “He who follows Me, walks not in darkness,” says the Lord. (John 8:12)By these words of Christ we are advised to imitate His life and habits, if we wish to betruly enlightened and free from all blindness of heart. Let our chief effort; therefore, beto study the life of Jesus Christ.The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advice of the saints, and he who hasHis spirit will find in it a hidden manna. Now, there are many who hear the Gospeloften but care little for it because they have not the spirit of Christ. Yet whoever wishesto understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that ofChrist.What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, youdisplease the Trinity?• Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God.• I would rather feel contrition than know how to define it. For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?• Vanity of vanities and all is vanity, except to love God and serve Him alone.This is the greatest wisdom—to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of theworld.• It is vanity, therefore, to seek and trust in riches that perish.• It is vanity also to court honor and to be puffed up with pride.• It is vanity to follow the lusts of the body and to desire things for which severe punishment later must come.• It is vanity to wish for long life and to care little about a well-spent life.• It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come.• It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides.Often recall the proverb: “The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled withhearing.” (Eccles. 1:8)Try, moreover, to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself tothings invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciencesand lose the grace of God.
Note• Trinity is Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Father is God, the Creator; Son is the Saint of current time; and the Holy Ghost is the Creative Word or Creative Power.• Cross is the Karmic Load [Sinchit (Stored Accounts), Prarabdh (Fate), and Current] that each soul carries and each soul has to clear this account. That is why Christ said: “Deny thyself, take up thy cross and follow Me,” (Matt. 16:24) All Things should be Referred to God as their Last End The Voice of ChristMy child, I must be your supreme and last end, if you truly desire to be blessed. Withthis intention your affections, which are too often perversely inclined to self and tocreatures, will be purified.• For if you seek yourself in anything, you immediately fail interiorly and become dry of heart.Refer all things principally to Me, therefore, for it is I Who have given them all.• Consider each thing as flowing from the highest good, and therefore to Me, as to their highest source, must all things be brought back.From Me the small and the great, the poor and the rich draw the water of life as froma living fountain, and they who serve Me willingly and freely shall receive graceupon grace.• He who wishes to glory in things apart from Me, however, or to delight in some good as his own, shall not be grounded in true joy or gladdened in his heart, but shall be burdened and distressed in many ways.• Hence you ought not to attribute any good to yourself or ascribe virtue to any man, but give all to God without Whom man has nothing.I have given all things. I will that all be returned to Me again, and I exact moststrictly a return of thanks. This is the truth by which vainglory is put to flight.Where heavenly grace and true charity enter in, there neither envy nor narrowness ofheart nor self-love will have place. Divine love conquers all and enlarges the powers ofthe soul.If you are truly wise, you will rejoice only in Me, because no one is good except Godalone, Who is to be praised above all things and above all to be blessed.
Man Should Not Scrutinize This Sacrament in Curiosity, but Humbly Imitate Christ and Submit Reason to Holy Faith The Voice of ChristBeware of curious and vain examination of this most profound Sacrament, if you donot wish to be plunged into the depths of doubt.• He who scrutinizes its majesty too closely will be overwhelmed by its glory.God can do more than man can understand.• A pious and humble search for truth He will allow; a search that is ever ready to learn and that seeks to walk in the reasonable doctrine of the fathers.Blest is the simplicity that leaves the difficult way of dispute and goes forward onthe level, firm path of God’s commandments.• Many have lost devotion because they wished to search into things beyond them.Faith is required of you, and a sincere life, not a lofty intellect nor a delving into themysteries of God.• If you neither know nor understand things beneath you, how can you comprehend what is above you?• Submit yourself to God and humble reason to faith and the light of understanding will be given you so far as it is good and necessary for you.• Some are gravely tempted concerning faith and the Sacrament but this disturbance is not laid to them but to the enemy.Be not disturbed, dispute not in your mind, answer not the doubts sent by the devil,but believe the words of God, believe His saints and prophets and the evil enemywill flee from you. It is often very profitable for the servant of God to suffer suchthings.• For, Satan does not tempt unbelievers and sinners whom he already holds securely, but in many ways he does tempt and trouble the faithful servant.Go forward, then, with sincere and unflinching faith, and with humble reverenceapproach this Sacrament. Whatever you cannot understand commit to the security ofthe all-powerful God, Who does not deceive you.• The man, however, who trusts in himself is deceived.
• God walks with sincere men, reveals Himself to humble men, enlightens the understanding of pure minds, and hides His grace from the curious and the proud.Human reason is weak and can be deceived. True faith, however, cannot be deceived.• All reason and natural science ought to come after faith, not go before it, nor oppose it.• For in this most holy and supremely excellent Sacrament, faith and love take precedence and work in a hidden manner.God, eternal, incomprehensible, and infinitely powerful, does great and inscrutablethings in heaven and on earth, and there is no searching into His marvelous works.• If all the works of God were such that human reason could easily grasp them, they would not be called wonderful or beyond the power of words to tell.