rest not at the entrance

“The Lord manifests Himself to those who stop for some time in peace and humility of heart.
If you look in murky and turbulent waters, you cannot see the reflection of your face.
If you want to see the face of Christ, stop and collect your thoughts in silence,
and close the door of your soul to the noise of external things.”

St. Anthony of Padua


(St Anthony of Padua / Sainte Sulpice / Paris, France / Julie 2018)

So the religious soul finds in the heart of Jesus a secure refuge against the wiles
and attacks of Satan, and a delightful retreat.
But we must not rest merely at the entrance to the hole in the rock,
we must penetrate its depths. At the mouth of the deep hollow,
at the mouth of the wound in his side we shall,
indeed, find the precious blood which has redeemed us.
This blood pleads for us and demands mercy for us.
But the religious soul must not stay at the entrance.
When she has heard, and understood, the voice of the divine blood,
she must hasten to the very source from which it springs, into the very
innermost sanctuary of the heart of Jesus.
There she will find light, peace, and ineffable consolations.
St Anthony of Pauda

13 comments on “rest not at the entrance

  1. @vapor_sage says:

    Seems to be a theme today, in my reading, a calm deep peaceful abiding in his precious Love, even in the midst of chaos

  2. John Eli says:

    “If you want to see the face of Christ, stop and collect your thoughts in silence,”
    I’m working on this. It is quite a discipline.

  3. Lynda Clayton says:

    Beautiful and thought-provoking quotes! Thanks Julie.

  4. Amen. I am seeking (and finding) that peaceful with our Savior more and more these days and it has truly been invigorating on so many levels.

  5. oneta hayes says:

    Wish I could remember this passage. It is so full. Thanks, Julie, for searching out such words of wisdom.

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