March 21st, 2015

grace is nothing else than a beginning of glory

It is 6:40 AM early Saturday morning. I am waking up to a new day. I often wonder how many days left to I have in this life. There is a life to come. None of us ever really stops living. When we die we just change places.

I got up this morning around 5:59 AM. I wanted to stay in bed and sleep till at least 7 o'clock AM, but a weird crazy dream would not leave in sleep peace so I got up. I got up and made a pot of coffee and a bowl of oatmeal. I ate my oatmeal messing with our main computer. Now I am writing in my blogs seeking to wake up to this day the Lord has given me to seek Him and prepare for Eternity.

This morning I volunteer once again at the Herrick District Public Library used books store from 10 AM til 1 PM. After I do that I do not what I will do for the rest of this day. Existence keeps speeding by to the Last Day. All our lives will come to the Day of Judgment.

Last night I watched some television and went to bed around 10:30 PM. I mainly read yesterday a book titled, "The Mystical Evolution in the Development and Vitality of the Church" by Fr. John G. Arintera, O.P.. I do not know for sure if I will continue reading this book today. Right now I am in a flow and I might just keep reading Mystical Theology till I am at another place spiritually and intellectually.

I know I am not a Roman Catholic contemplative monk, but a middle class American Christian, so I do not get depressed knowing I will never reach a state of spiritual perfection. I am here and that is all there is. I am seeking to live according to the Bible and pray for the Lord to forgive me for my sins. What is important is to keep a balance. Not to go to extremes. I am saved by divine sovereign free grace and not by works/my good deeds.

Well I do not know what else to write in my half awake state so I will close to wait out this day. This could be my last day. We are to live each day in the light of eternity.

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to lose ourselves in the abyss of His eternal happiness

It is now in the divine flow 2:44 PM Saturday afternoon. It is now 43 degrees and the sun is shining. I had a normal time at the library book nook today. It did not get busy till almost 12:30 PM. When not helping people with their used materials I read, "The Mystical Evolution in the Development and Vitality of the Church" Volume 1 by Fr. John G. Arintero. I bought this two volume work by Fr. Arintero when we lived in Houston Texas. I must have bought this work by Arintero over 26 years ago. When we lived in Texas I got into the Christian contemplative life. I was doing my ministerial internship at a Presbyterian Church in America church and raising our three children. At that time Carol was working full time at a cancer hospital downtown Houston Texas. We lived five years in Houston Texas before moving here to Holland Michigan where Carol grew up 25 years ago.

I have read several times over the years from the two volume work "The Mystical Evolution" by Arintero. I do not agree with everything Arintero writes about the Christian life/Roman Catholic theology, but he is worth reading. I am a conservative evangelical Christian and not a Roman Catholic. I also should add I do not agree with everything taught by Protestants/the French Reformer John Calvin/Protestant Reformation. I seek to go by what the Bible clearly teaches and not follow any Christian tradition/Roman Catholic or Protestant. I love the apostle Paul/New Covenant.

I have also been reading for devotions in the morning from these books-

"The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross" translated by Kavanaugh & Rodriguez

"We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord" [Ancient Christian Doctrine] Edited by Mark J. Edwards

"Luke" New Testament III [Reformation Commentary On Scripture] Edited By Beth Kreitzer

This morning I got these books out of my library to look at today-

"Early Christian Doctrines" by J. N. D. Kelly

"Divine Light: The Theology Of Denys The Areopagite" by William Riordan

"Partakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development of Deification in the Christian Traditions" Editors Michael J. Christensen & Jeffery A. Witting

I brought home today from the library book nook two used books to add to our library-

"The Lower River" a novel by Paul Theroux

"The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story Of The Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked The Mysteries Of The Middle Kingdom" by Simon Winchester

Well I am feeling wasted so I will close to drift through the rest of this day.

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the beauty of the house of God

"This special mission, this giving, indwelling, and vivification on the part of the Holy Ghost, and that friendly and substantial presence or immanence of the entire Trinity within us cannot be caused, certainly, through any change in God Himself, for He is immutable. It is a change effected by Him in us when we are reborn, renewed, justified, and sanctified. This change is productive of a supernatural organism of which sanctifying grace is the essence, the substance, which deifies us. The properties or faculties of this organism are the virtues, the gifts, and the other powers which are infused in us after the manner of habits, through which we are able to act divinely. Finally, the graces gratis dataeand various transitory inspirations are classified as accidents in relation to this supernatural structure.

By these divine aids and the continual exercise of the Christian virtues we increase the talents which the Lord has entrusted to us. We grow in His grace and knowledge. We contribute to the development of the mystical body of the Savior and we ourselves are fashioned into living and holy temples of God in the Holy Ghost.

The life of grace, the ardor of charity, and the splendor of all the other virtues constitute the beauty of the house of God, and He dwells there with so much the more delight as He sees it more deified and more radiant with His eternal brilliance. When that divine dwelling place, that new city of God, reaches the required perfection, there will shine forth in it no light other than that which emanates from the wounds of the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.

The saints went into ecstasy and swooned away in contemplating the inexpressible beauty of the house of God, which caused them to exclaim: "How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!" This divine beauty cannot be other than the grace of our Savior and the communication of His Spirit whereby we are rendered pleasing in the eyes of the Father, for when we are thus honored and deified He sees Himself resplendent in us. How could we help but love and seek to obtain what merits so much esteem from the omnipotent God? Rather we should say with those souls who have a vivid experience of these truths: "I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwelleth."

That happy place where we are able to enjoy God on earth is the center of our hearts, the depth of our souls. Let us enter within ourselves; let us close the doors of our senses to all earthly vanities; let us heed the voice that calls us to this sweet retreat and we shall find the kingdom of God and see His glory. God is there with His loving and glorious presence as long as we remain in true charity. He is inherent in our being and in our work as the beginning and immediate end of our supernatural life and all its characteristic functions. In the measure in which these are perfected and purged of the vicious habits of the old man by the ceaseless increase of light and the riddance of obstacles that impede our vision, we shall be truly renewed in the Spirit and we shall find that God is "all in all."" pg. 116,117 "The Mystical Evolution" by F. John G. Arintero

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