- It is true, it is REALLY true.
- It is not an allegory.
- It is not for a few select saints.
- Life in Christ is for me.
- I was created for this, designed for this life.
Twenty-five years ago, my husband discovered a book at a Trappist monastery that changed our lives, called “Guideline to Mystical Prayer” by a British Carmelite nun, Ruth Burrows. She describes Petra, who is a woman who lives only by faith without any experiences of God, and Claire who is a “light on” nun who experiences mystical encounters. Both women know with absolute clarity that it was no longer they that lived but Christ who lived in them.
My husband and I were filled with an exuberant joy because we felt legitimized because we identified with Claire and we realized that holiness was real and was.possible.
“I have been crucified with Christ and
I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
The life I now live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God, for me.”
- My small success is that every time I surrender, it gets easier. Last friday I experienced an epiphany when I realized that there is no spiritual mountain that I must climb. With a mustard seed of faith, I look to the Spirit within me and bang..anxiety leaves and I feel His joy bubbling up. He is within me. No effort or work involved.
- This life in Christ is not unattainable but is so very close to me that i could weep, weep in relief, weep in longing, for this promised life is as close to me as my breath. I can taste it, smell it for He is near, around and in me, waiting patiently for the last final surrender, after thousands of tiny deaths, I am finally ‘getting it”.
The Joy of Mothering