Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Turning to the Lord

This is from today's reading in Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen O.C.D.


In order to avoid turning one's thoughts inward, the soul must focus its aspirations elsewhere; hence the negative exercise of not thinking of itself must accompany the positive exercise of fixing its center in Christ, of "burying in Christ" every thought, every preoccupation with self, even in the spiritual order. No one can succeed in turning away from himself unless he concentrates all his attention on the object of his love.

This is a reminder of the loves which have captivated the heart in life; a ladder, so to speak, of broken rungs leading to the only rung that won't break, Divine Love. I suspect it also is the key to overcoming depression.

To thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven. Behold as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters, As the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress: so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until he have mercy on us. (Ps 122:1-2)

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