5 Life as Unified Destination


Life as Unified Destination



“Not a Solo Flight”

I should not want to arrive without you

Realizing that I could leave you behind

I see another me inside you

Not yet of one heart and mind

It would be easier to trudge ahead

But easy is not the way we are called

And so I have decided to remain instead



“I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” (Jn 16:33)


Phase: Illuminative (foreshadowings of Unitive)


Breathe in:

Beatitude: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Mt 5:9)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom

Deadly Sin overcome: Gluttony

Lively Virtue developed: Asceticism


Breathe out:

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

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Counsel

Deadly Sin overcome: Avarice

Lively Virtue developed: Generosity


Sacrament: Anointing of the Sick

The Lord’s Prayer: “On earth as it is in heaven”

Sign from Gospel of John: Raising of Lazarus

Teresian mansion: Fifth chamber (Third Water)

Sanjuanist level: Active Night of the Spirit


When a ray of light strikes a crystal, it gives a new quality to the crystal. And when God’s infinitely disinterested love plays upon a human soul, the same kind of thing takes place. And that is the life called sanctifying grace.