7 Worship as Pivotal Freedom


Worship as Pivotal Freedom





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Altogether Good

And True

And Beautiful


And Real

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Jn 8:31-32)

Phase: Unitive

Breathe in:

Beatitude: ”Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.” (Mt 5:8)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Understanding

Breathe out:

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

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom


Beatitude (and the addiction which it corrects): “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5:10) (addiction to respect)

Gifts of the Holy Spirit: all

Deadly Sin overcome: Lust

Lively Virtue developed: Chastity (e.g., profound respect of the other)

Sacrament: Eucharist

The Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father who art in heaven”; “Give us this day our daily bread”

Sign from Gospel of John: Multiplication of the Loaves

Teresian mansion: Seventh chamber

Sanjuanist level(s): Spiritual Marriage/Perfect or Transforming Union

So the natural goodness of man, his capacity for love which must always be in some sense selfish if it remains in the natural order, becomes transfigured and transformed when the Love of God shines in it. What happens when a man loses himself completely in the Divine Life within him? This perfection is only for those who are called the saints–for those rather who are the saints and who live in the light of God alone. For the ones who are called saints by human opinion on earth may very well be devils, and their light may very well be darkness. For as far as the light of God is concerned, we are owls. It blinds us and as soon as it strikes us we are in darkness. People who look like saints to us are very often not so, and those who do not look like saints very often are. And the greatest saints are sometimes the most obscure–Our Lady, St. Joseph.