All good in creation is God’s sole initiative, though we may like to think otherwise! Are you familiar with the saying: “To err is human; to forgive is Divine”? I think Benedict was well aware of this when he wrote in RB4:42-43: “If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain that the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.” All of us humans err often despite our best intentions. In owning that, we learn to forgive our self and others. We stumble; we backslide; we’re enthusiastic one day and feeble the next. We do, as Paul says, the things we don’t want to do and don’t do the things we want. We walk under a cloud of depression or discouragement at one time on our journey and then joyously walk out into the light for awhile. We try, and then sometimes can’t make ourselves try.
Growth in holiness is a lifetime process, a journey of ups and downs. We must expect this rather than act surprised. We need to stop looking so much at ourselves, trying to see how holy we’re becoming but fix our eyes, our goal, on becoming Christ in obedience to the movements of the Holy Spirit in us. (RB4:62) “Do not wish to be called holy, but first be holy so that you may truly be called so.”
In conclusion, dear oblates and friends, BE LOVE, because God is love. “Be compassionate because your heavenly Father is compassionate.” Become maturely human (perfect) as God is mature, whole, complete in God’s nature. Be patient with God’s work in you.
God seems to leave us forever wrong-footed, Casey writes. We're never ready for what comes next spiritually, in the growth we need to do. But it's God's work in us. We just have to answer (how easy that sounds).
That's all for tonight--it arrived at an opportune time in my email today.