Saturday, September 17, 2011

Faber: the thought of heaven

Saturday, September 17, 2011
    Feast of Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
    [Jesus:] “Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”
    —Matthew 13:43 (NIV)
    There is one thought out of which a moderately cheerful man can always make some satisfactory sunshine, if not a sufficiency of it. It is the thought of the bright populous heaven. There is joy there at least, if there is joy nowhere else. There is true service of God there, however poor and interested the love of Him may be on earth. Multitudes are abounding in the golden light there, even if they that rejoice on earth be few. At this hour it is all going on, so near us that we cannot be hopelessly unhappy with so much happiness so near.
    ... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), “Kind Actions” in Spiritual Conferences, London: Thomas Richardson & Son, 1860, p. 44 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your joy overcomes all the darkness of the world.
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