Firey ad orientem sunrise on the ice at Holy Souls Hermitage
It’s pretty cold at Holy Souls Hermitage this morning. Coldest it’s been. But the fire of God’s love blazes through the cold.
Right now I feel pretty enthusiastic about many things.
That’s not always the case, of course.
It’s silly to be beholden to feelings as if they dictated who we were. No matter what, we can always have a sense that our Lord is drawing us to Himself.
Before original sin, feelings and emotions would follow the lead of reason.
Now, the perpetual temptation is turn that the other way around, so that reason follows feelings and emotions. What an enslavement! I’m sure we all know about that to some degree. It’s something like the old mantra of “If it feels good, do it!”
The thing is, is that iceyness, feeling far from God, being tempted to escape into whatever, seemingly being enslaved to whatever the consequences of weakness of original sin and our own personal histories bring to us, is not a curse, for such things, our cross, is used by our Lord to bring us to the fire of His love and goodness and kindness.
Ice, on it’s own, at night, is as dark as dark can be.
But the littlest ray of fire will set the entire icepack afire, seemingly from the inside out.
Same with us. The smallest ray of our Lord’s love sets us ablaze. We might still have much of iceness about us, but we don’t look to that. We look to Him. And the ice melts, with a bit of violence, mind you, at first spitting and popping and fizzing, but then turning into steam that rises and again reflects that fire more ardently, creating a shining rainbow not of the tyranny of any relativism of the day, but of the multitudinous mercies of the Lord. The heavens proclaim the glories of God. Our angels rejoice to see us reflecting the life of God from the inside out. And our Lord even uses our iceyness to bring us to Himself, transforming us in the ardent furnace of His love.
For those among the readers who have been traumatized by abuse when younger, and those among the readers who have not, I heartily recommend scheduling an hour (just under an hour) to watch Dawn Eden’s “Journey Home” interview on EWTN. Dawn writes:
Thanks so much for your support of my apostolate. In case you’d like to let your readers know that my “Journey Home” appearance is now online, here is a link where they can watch it and comment via my Feast of Eden blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/feastofeden/2012/11/watch-now-my-interview-on-ewtns-the-journey-home/ . The direct link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GDep1lqPDs0 . In the Two Hearts – Dawn
Once having seen this, you’ll want to share it with those who have known abuse in their lives. Really.
I’d like to get that on DVD and have that sent to the library of the New Hampshire State Prison for Men outside of Concord. Father Gordon MacRae is the librarian. I’m thinking he could get some of the counsellors to show this to interested parties. How to do this?
Anyway, just watch that for the sake of ICE ON FIRE!