3 Reconciliation as Miraculous Renovation


Reconciliation as Miraculous Renovation




It is so dizzying a descent

As the wobbling structure is dashed

The familiar fabric is rent

Precious possessions are smashed

No trusty compass to orient

Just a pole to which I am lashed

Until the night storm is spent

And the firebird arises from ash



“’Behold, I make all things new.’” (Rev 21:5)


Phase: Illuminative (strong currents of Purgative)


Breathe in:

Beatitude: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Mt 5:7)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Counsel

Deadly Sin overcome: Sloth

Lively Virtue developed: Zeal for the mission


Breathe out:

Beatitude (and the addiction which it corrects): “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mt 5:4) (addiction to good feelings)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Knowledge

Deadly Sin overcome: Envy (e.g., resentment)

Lively Virtue developed: Contentment (e.g., readiness to suffer for love)


Sacrament: Holy Orders

The Lord’s Prayer: “As we forgive those who trespass against us”

Sign from Gospel of John: Walking on Water

Teresian mansion: Third chamber

Sanjuanist level: Passive Night of the Senses


This free gift is “sanctifying grace.” It perfects our nature with the gift of a life, an intellection, a love, a mode of existence infinitely above its own level. If a man were to arrive even at the abstract pinnacle of natural perfection, God’s work would not even be half done: it would be only about to begin, for the real work is the work of grace and the infused virtues and the gifts of the Holy Ghost.