sussidio 2 2014
From the Word of God
I, the prisoner in the Lord,
urge you therefore to lead a life
worthy of the vocation
to which you were called.
With all humility and gentleness,
and with patience,
support each other in love.
Take every care to preserve
the unity of the Spirit
by the peace that binds you together.
There is one Body,
just as one hope is the goal
of your calling by God.
There is one Lord,
one faith, one baptism,
and one God and Father of all,
over all, through all
and within all.
(Ef 4: 1-6)
From the writings of
Blessed A. Rosmini
My dear brother in Christ,
I read with great joy the letter in which you express your excellent dispositions.
Let us be grateful for the divine goodness which has brought us together in his love so that we may be one heart and one soul, and so that our Lord Jesus Christ may see in us the fulfilment of his prayer (may it be so, as I hope!) – when he said to his Father: ‘May they all be one, even as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, that they also may be one in us, so that the world may believe that you
have sent me’ (Jn 17:21).
In these words, my dear brother, we have a summary of our Constitutions, and the basis of our hope. Relying on this we can dare to undertake the great things we purpose. Our one foundation is the prayer of our Saviour: I do not pray only for these, but for those also who will believe in me through their word.
But for this, what can we possibly presume
to do – we who are only a ‘little flock’?
Yet in Christ, and in his all-prevailing prayer, we can do all things.
We truly are like ‘things that are not’. Ah, my dear brother, it is precisely for this reason that we hope to see God glorified in us. So let us simply abandon ourselves to him, and put no limits to his boundless wisdom and love by any ideas or limited feelings of our own.
Let him do with us as he wishes, make use of us in any part of the world, in any position, in every kind of situation, ‘in ill fame or good fame’, amidst moral dangers or in safe havens, whether we endure trials or enjoy consolations. How good and wonderful it is for us all to be totally consecrated to him without limit!
(Ascetical Letters, Vol. IV, let. 62,
pp. 85-86; to Fr Peter Hutton in England ,
Stresa, 29 April 1842; translated by Fr. John Morris I.C. )
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