submission of the soul, “when God requires action, sanctity is to be found in activity”

The beauty of the images moves me to contemplation,
as a meadow delights the eyes and subtly infuses the soul
with the glory of God.

St. John Damascene

(Gulf fritillary/ Julie Cook / 2021)

Gulf fritillary / Julie Cook / 2021)

(Gulf fritillary / Julie Cook / 2021)

Submission of the soul.

For many of us, the notion of submission comes with great difficulty.
Submission is equated with the notion of weakness.
A giving up and giving in.

And yet we cling viciously to the visage of ego…that false image we hold high
and large against the humility of heart…a tenuous balance is struck.

We let that false visage block oh so many possibilities.
Hitting wall after wall, we wonder how much longer will we struggle.
So much heartache ensues because of that false visage of hubris.

Self inflicted wounds.

God is not one to be quiet when He knows what is required.

It may take years before we finally let go and submit…but when we do,
blessings will flow like a burst dam of water.

May those healing waters flow…

“The will of God gives to all things a supernatural and divine value
for the soul submitting to it.
The duties it imposes, and those it contains,
with all the matters over which it is diffused,
become holy and perfect, because, being unlimited in power,
everything it touches shares its divine character. …
The entire virtue of all that is called holy is in its approximation
to this order established by God; therefore nothing should be rejected,
nothing sought after, but everything accepted that is ordained
and nothing attempted contrary to the will of God. …
When God requires action, sanctity is to be found in activity.”

Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, p. 15
An excerpt from
Abandonment to Divine Providence

17 comments on “submission of the soul, “when God requires action, sanctity is to be found in activity”

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Beautiful butterfly photos.

  2. hatrack4 says:

    Submission was my biggest problems in accepting Jesus. I was a good kid and that should have been enough, but I was empty inside, and that haunted me. Thanks for a good post. On other news, I have not gotten any update on Rob Holloway for about two months. At last report, he was back in ICU with an infection.

    • Thank you Mark— for whatever reason Stephanie is not posting as she once did— sometimes going several weeks— she actually posted Saturday— Rob is now in the Pathway program— where they live in apartment near or adjacent to the therapy center.
      He continues to improve, yet has a long way to go— they are doing lots of physical as well as visual and cognitive therapies with him-
      Thank you for asking—- she went silent for well over a month leaving us all wondering

      • hatrack4 says:

        Maybe she is tired or the remission/relapse cycle. From Graves Disease, that is what led me to having my thyroid destroyed by radiation – just to get off the roller coaster, but in this case, it could be anything that could trigger the next infection, unless you live in a bubble. We will continue to pray. Thanks for the update.

  3. says:

    It seems we are sharing the same thoughts today. My poem is about submission too. Great minds!

  4. oneta hayes says:

    It is strange that so many connect submission/sanctification/holiness with still or inactivity. I’ve heard sanctification definition as “set aside for God’s purpose.” God’s purpose often, maybe even generally means to go something – be active, but submitting to His way, not demanding mine. Submission.

  5. Tricia says:

    Love the photos Julie, just beautiful! Kinda funny thinking of the caterpillar submitting itself over to God for transformation to a beautiful butterfly. They just do it though, much like God wishes we would. Good stuff.

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