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A Treatise on Divine Providence (in part)
« on: August 29, 2006, 02:00:24 AM »
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  • How virtues are accomplished by means of our neighbour, and
    how it is that virtues differ to such an extent in creatures.

    "I have told you how all sins are accomplished by means of
    your neighbour, through the principles which I exposed to you, that
    is, because men are deprived of the affection of love, which gives
    light to every virtue. In the same way self-love, which destroys
    charity and affection towards the neighbour, is the principle and
    foundation of every evil. All scandals, hatred, cruelty, and every
    sort of trouble proceed from this perverse root of self-love,
    which has poisoned the entire world, and weakened the mystical
    body of the Holy Church, and the universal body of the believers
    in the Christian religion; and, therefore, I said to you, that it
    was in the neighbour, that is to say in the love of him, that all
    virtues were founded; and, truly indeed did I say to you, that
    charity gives life to all the virtues, because no virtue can be
    obtained without charity, which is the pure love of Me.
    "Wherefore, when the soul knows herself, as we have said
    above, she finds humility and hatred of her own sensual passion,
    for she learns the perverse law, which is bound up in her members,
    and which ever fights against the spirit. And, therefore, arising
    with hatred of her own sensuality, crushing it under the heel of
    reason, with great earnestness, she discovers in herself the
    bounty of My goodness, through the many benefits which she has
    received from Me, all of which she considers again in herself. She
    attributes to Me, through humility, the knowledge which she has
    obtained of herself, knowing that, by My grace, I have drawn her
    out of darkness and lifted her up into the light of true
    knowledge. When she has recognised My goodness, she loves it
    without any medium, and yet at the same time with a medium, that
    is to say, without the medium of herself or of any advantage
    accruing to herself, and with the medium of virtue, which she has
    conceived through love of Me, because she sees that, in no other
    way, can she become grateful and acceptable to Me, but by
    conceiving, hatred of sin and love of virtue; and, when she has
    thus conceived by the affection of love, she immediately is
    delivered of fruit for her neighbour, because, in no other way, can
    she act out the truth she has conceived in herself, but, loving Me
    in truth, in the same truth she serves her neighbour.
    "And it cannot be otherwise, because love of Me and of her
    neighbour are one and the same thing, and, so far as the soul loves
    Me, she loves her neighbour, because love towards him issues from
    Me. This is the means which I have given you, that you may
    exercise and prove your virtue therewith; because, inasmuch as you
    can do Me no profit, you should do it to your neighbour. This
    proves that you possess Me by grace in your soul, producing much
    fruit for your neighbour and making prayers to Me, seeking with
    sweet and amorous desire My honour and the salvation of souls. The
    soul, enamoured of My truth, never ceases to serve the whole world
    in general, and more or less in a particular case according to the
    disposition of the recipient and the ardent desire of the donor,
    as I have shown above, when I declared to you that the endurance
    of suffering alone, without desire, was not sufficient to punish a
    "When she has discovered the advantage of this unitive love
    in Me, by means of which, she truly loves herself, extending her
    desire for the salvation of the whole world, thus coming to the
    aid of its neediness, she strives, inasmuch as she has done good
    to herself by the conception of virtue, from which she has drawn
    the life of grace, to fix her eye on the needs of her neighbour in
    particular. Wherefore, when she has discovered, through the
    affection of love, the state of all rational creatures in general,
    she helps those who are at hand, according to the various graces
    which I have entrusted to her to administer; one she helps with
    doctrine, that is, with words, giving sincere counsel without any
    respect of persons, another with the example of a good life, and
    this indeed all give to their neighbour, the edification of a holy
    and honourable life. These are the virtues, and many others, too
    many to enumerate, which are brought forth in the love of the
    neighbour; but, although I have given them in such a different way,
    that is to say not all to one, but to one, one virtue, and to
    another, another, it so happens that it is impossible to have one,
    without having them all, because all the virtues are bound
    together. Wherefore, learn, that, in many cases I give one virtue,
    to be as it were the chief of the others, that is to say, to one I
    will give principally love, to another justice, to another
    humility, to one a lively faith, to another prudence or
    temperance, or patience, to another fortitude. These, and many
    other virtues, I place, indifferently, in the souls of many
    creatures; it happens, therefore, that the particular one so
    placed in the soul becomes the principal object of its virtue; the
    soul disposing herself, for her chief conversation, to this rather
    than to other virtues, and, by the effect of this virtue, the soul
    draws to herself all the other virtues, which, as has been said,
    are all bound together in the affection of love; and so with many
    gifts and graces of virtue, and not only in the case of spiritual
    things but also of temporal. I use the word temporal for the
    things necessary to the physical life of man; all these I have
    given indifferently, and I have not placed them all in one soul,
    in order that man should, perforce, have material for love of his
    fellow. I could easily have created men possessed of all that they
    should need both for body and soul, but I wish that one should
    have need of the other, and that they should be My ministers to
    administer the graces and the gifts that they have received from
    Me. Whether man will or no, he cannot help making an act of love.
    It is true, however, that that act, unless made through love of
    Me, profits him nothing so far as grace is concerned. See then,
    that I have made men My ministers, and placed them in diverse
    stations and various ranks, in order that they may make use of the
    virtue of love.
    "Wherefore, I show you that in My house are many mansions,
    and that I wish for no other thing than love, for in the love of
    Me is fulfilled and completed the love of the neighbour, and the
    law observed. For he, only, can be of use in his state of life,
    who is bound to Me with this love."

    How virtues are proved and fortified by their contraries.

    "Up to the present, I have taught you how a man may serve his
    neighbour, and manifest, by that service, the love which he has
    towards Me.
    "Now I wish to tell you further, that a man proves his
    patience on his neighbour, when he receives injuries from him.
    "Similarly, he proves his humility on a proud man, his faith
    on an infidel, his true hope on one who despairs, his justice on
    the unjust, his kindness on the cruel, his gentleness and
    benignity on the irascible. Good men produce and prove all their
    virtues on their neighbour, just as perverse men all their vices;
    thus, if you consider well, humility is proved on pride in this
    way. The humble man extinguishes pride, because a proud man can do
    no harm to a humble one; neither can the infidelity of a wicked
    man, who neither loves Me, nor hopes in Me, when brought forth
    against one who is faithful to Me, do him any harm; his infidelity
    does not diminish the faith or the hope of him who has conceived
    his faith and hope through love of Me, it rather fortifies it, and
    proves it in the love he feels for his neighbour. For, he sees that
    the infidel is unfaithful, because he is without hope in Me, and
    in My servant, because he does not love Me, placing his faith and
    hope rather in his own sensuality, which is all that he loves. My
    faithful servant does not leave him because he does not faithfully
    love Me, or because he does not constantly seek, with hope in Me,
    for his salvation, inasmuch as he sees clearly the causes of his
    infidelity and lack of hope. The virtue of faith is proved in
    these and other ways. Wherefore, to those, who need the proof of
    it, My servant proves his faith in himself and in his neighbour,
    and so, justice is not diminished by the wicked man's injustice,
    but is rather proved, that is to say, the justice of a just man.
    Similarly, the virtues of patience, benignity, and kindness
    manifest themselves in a time of wrath by the same sweet patience
    in My servants, and envy, vexation, and hatred demonstrate their
    love, and hunger and desire for the salvation of souls. I say,
    also, to you, that, not only is virtue proved in those who render
    good for evil, but, that many times a good man gives back fiery
    coals of love, which dispel the hatred and rancour of heart of the
    angry, and so from hatred often comes benevolence, and that this
    is by virtue of the love and perfect patience which is in him, who
    sustains the anger of the wicked, bearing and supporting his
    defects. If you will observe the virtues of fortitude and
    perseverance, these virtues are proved by the long endurance of
    the injuries and detractions of wicked men, who, whether by
    injuries or by flattery, constantly endeavour to turn a man aside
    from following the road and the doctrine of truth. Wherefore, in
    all these things, the virtue of fortitude conceived within the
    soul, perseveres with strength, and, in addition proves itself
    externally upon the neighbour, as I have said to you; and, if
    fortitude were not able to make that good proof of itself, being
    tested by many contrarieties, it would not be a serious virtue
    founded in truth."
    Please pray for the repose of her soul.


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