Monday, April 10, 2023

Law: making man heavenly

Monday, April 10, 2023
    Feast of William Law, Priest, Mystic, 1761
    Commemoration of William of Ockham, Franciscan Friar, Philosopher, Teacher, 1347
    Commemoration of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Priest, Scientist, Visionary, 1955
    [Jesus:] “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
    —John 12:24-25 (NIV)
    This Spirit of love, born of that celestial fire, with which Christ baptizes his true disciples, is alone that Spirit which can enter into heaven, and therefore is that Spirit which is to be born in us whilst we are on earth; for no one can enter into heaven, till he is made heavenly, till the Spirit of heaven is entered into him; and therefore all that our Lord hath said of denying and dying to self, and of his parting with all that he hath, are practices absolutely necessary from the nature of the thing.
    ... William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Love [1752-4], in Works of Rev. William Law, v. VIII, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 73 (see the book)
    See also John 12:24-25; Matt. 3:11; 5:20; 16:24; 18:3-4; John 3:3-5; Rom. 6:6-7; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 15:31; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; 1 Pet. 2:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me fit for heaven.
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