My word! The post below, from Contemplative in the Mud (one of my favourite blogs) has sparked so many thoughts that I can barely put them into words. That quote has summed up, in a few simple sentences, what I have sensed God do throughout my life. I keep coming back to ‘why is God so good?’ which sounds daft but… It’s like Ann Voskamp’s post last week over on her blog (another favourite), A Holy Experience, ‘How to Face the Problem of Evil and the Greater Problem of Good‘. I’ll let the posts speak for themselves; I can’t say it any better.
Participation of the Church in all the interior states of the Saviour: that’s sanctity. The word “contemplation” does not suffice to tell it all. We need to enter into it all: the interior states of the Christ child, of Christ teaching, of Christ suffering, dying, risen… “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20). This signifies that all the stages of Jesus’ life have repercussions in the lives of the saints… Contemplation makes the Church experience in herself the mysteries of her God-Saviour.
Charles Cardinal Journet (1891–1975)