“The soul, however, cannot be perfectly purified from these imperfections,
any more than from the others,
until God shall have led it into the passive purgation of the dark night,
of which I shall speak immediately.
But it is expedient that the soul, so far as it can,
should labor, on its own part, to purify and perfect itself,
that it may merit from God to be taken under His divine care,
and be healed from those imperfections which of itself it cannot remedy.
For, after all the efforts of the soul,
it cannot by any exertions of its own actively purify itself
so as to be in the slightest degree fit for the divine union of perfection
in the love of God,
if God Himself does not take it into His own hands and purify
it in the fire, dark to the soul.”
St. John of the Cross, p.14
An Excerpt From
Dark Night of the Soul
I can never remember a time when I have felt so desolate,
so angst ridden, so forlorn and dare I say, depressed.
And it’s because I no longer know this Nation of ours.
I don’t recognize…us.
There is so much that I want to say.
So very much that needs to be said.
So much I want to say about the lies, the indoctrination, the falsehoods,
and the division—
I want to scream…”Don’t you get it???
He’s doing this…he’s nothing but thrilled that we are tearing
one another a part…
And so, again, don’t you get it…don’t we get it?
This is exactly what he wants…
it’s what he’s planned now for eons.
We are in the midst of a tribulation.
A time of division.
A time of lies.
A time of sinister diversion.
We know that this is currently his battle because
this is his realm.
Yet at the same time we know the ultimate
victory will be ours because our Savior lives.
Yet the frustration remains, that this battle must be fought.
And it feels like a raging maelstrom that has us all
in the center of its grip.
However we, both you and I, have been made for this time.
God has prepared both you and me…
The task at hand is not easy.
It will not be easy.
It will not be kind.
The Father is asking us for our all.
The question is…will you give your all…
or will you ignore the coming storm?
Will you face the enemy head on, telling all who
have ears to hear that he is a liar?
Or will you turn and pretend nothing is happening.
So the question remains…will you speak?
Will you act.
There is little to no time in which to decide.
Time is of the essense
The goats have been cast to one side while the sheep to the other.
Give us strength oh Lord…
New International Version
When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened.
These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”
Then he said to them:
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be great earthquakes,
famines and pestilences in various places,
and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
“But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you.
They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison,
and you will be brought before kings and governors,
and all on account of my name.
And so you will bear testimony to me.
But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you
will defend yourselves.
For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries
will be able to resist or contradict.
You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters,
relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death.
Everyone will hate you because of me.
But not a hair of your head will perish.
Stand firm, and you will win life.
“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies,
you will know that its desolation is near.
Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains,
let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.
For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment
of all that has been written.
How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women
and nursing mothers!
There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people.
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners
to all the nations.
Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles
until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
And we know that all things work out for those who love the Lord …those who are called by Him.
Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
So appreciate your thinking SC!! To those who have an an ear to hear… Blessings!! 🙂
Hang in there my friend, I agree, things are crazy, chaotic and very rabbit holeish and I think will spiral down to an even worse place. Speak out when you can but build upon the things that are important and real; faith, family, human connection, nature, etc….That’s al we can do.
Oh I know— some days it just seems so discouraging — craziness will abound and I’ll be standing there wondering where are all the sane folks—
Am I the only one who sees this is nuts??!!
Lord knows we need to stand up speak and up!!!
No there’s a bunch of us there right with you! Except we are the ones deemed as being nuts but so be it.
our misery loves its company 🙂
We have a platform right here in blogland. It’s our voice and we should take advantage of the opportunity to use it for such. The world is so messed up right now, I wonder if it will make a difference. We must constantly remind ourselves that we are here for a purpose. Our work is the Lord’s work. We must defend Him with all our inner strength and know that our prayers are heard. The actual doing comes from the King of Creation. He promised to give us nothing more than we can handle and if it comes to that, He will provide a way out. Don’t be discouraged. The battle has already been won.
Time we roll up our sleeves!!!!
I’m gonna need a pep talk on that. Things are still uncertain where I live. The devil is working overtime – in the white house, in our communities, within our police forces and everywhere. I’ll pray for now, but I won’t be quiet for long.
Yep–we stand up and speak out!
“The goats have been cast to one side while the sheep to the other.” It seems the goats rage and the sheep sleep. I’ve been off duty regarding politics lately; that’s not good. It is not enough just to know we win in the end. That doesn’t satisfy. Where are our children going to end up? There is where our duty lies.
I know Oneta…we need to speak up so our kids and grandkids and even great grand kids will see and know what is required of a Believer during times dire straits!
We still have the power working in us today to destroy strongholds. The word of God is active and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword. Psalm 149 describes our authority to use it ~ this honor is given to all His people.
Persevere! And remember that because it is so difficult perseverance is a virtue.
We will win because our Lord has already won, at least in a larger sense.
Will our country persist to the end? Don’t know, but even if it does not that does render our labors meaningless. We save the souls of individuals, not nations.
I too don’t recognize this country anymore =(
You and me both!!