Conduct of God, conduct of man

“Totally love Him, Who gave Himself totally for your love.”
St. Clare of Assisi


(winter shells cast across the surf / Julie Cook/ Rosemary Beach, Fl / 2019)

“Consider not only that God your benefactor is present but also that He acts continuously
in all His creatures.
And for whom is this continual action, this work of God in nature?
For you.
Thus, He lights you by the light of day;
He nourishes you with the productions of the earth;
in a word, He serves you by each one of the creatures that you use;
so that it is true to say that at every moment the bounty,
the wisdom and the power of God are at your service and are exercised in the world for
your wants or pleasures.

This conduct of God toward man should be the model of your conduct toward God.

You see that the presence of God in His creatures is never idle;
it acts incessantly, it preserves, it governs.
Beware, then, of stopping at a sterile contemplation of God present in yourself.
Add action to contemplation; to the sight of the Divine presence add the faithful
accomplishment of the Divine will.”

St. Ignatius, p. 182
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Ready or. . .

Try to keep your soul always in peace and quiet, always ready for whatever our Lord may wish to work in you. It is certainly a higher virtue of the soul, and a greater grace, to be able to enjoy the Lord in different times and different places than in only one.
Saint Ignatius

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(a premature fallen white oak acorn / Troup Co. Ga / Julie Cook / 2015)

Not quite yet. . . or so it seems. . .

A premature sign offers a tiny glimpse of what will soon be.
Some of us are ready–
Some of us are not.
A day will come, maybe sooner, maybe later. . .
there’s no way to tell exactly, when we’ll have to be ready.
You’re either ready or you’re not.
It’s really a matter of choice. . .or not.

For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
Matthew 24:44