To Be a Spouse of Christ
A commentary on the writings of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity on the Divine Espousals with Christ, by Sr. Maria Francesca Perillo, FI
It is very important to keep in mind that first and foremost the religious life is not a career; it is not something you do. The religious life is not some thing but some One, namely, Jesus Christ. No matter what the religious Order, the first call for anyone who has the religious vocation is TO BE A SPOUSE OF CHRIST!
“It is important in a highest way that the soul practice so much Love, so that, consuming self quickly, one does not stop entirely below but reaches solicitously to see face to face his God.” – St. John of the Cross
“It is not only the expression of the sweetest of all the dreams: it is a divine reality; it is the expression of a total mystery of likeness and of union; it is the name which in the morning of our consecration the Church pronounces upon us: Veni Sponsa Christi!
It is necessary to live one’s life of a spouse! How many things this name evokes of love given and received, of intimacy, of fidelity, of absolute dedication!
To be spouse means to abandon one’s self as He has abandoned Himself; it means to be sacrificed like Him, by Him, for Him. It means that Christ made Himself totally ours and we became totally His.
To be spouse means to have all the rights on His Heart. It is a heart to heart for all the life. It is to live with…always with. It is to rest totally in Him, and to allow Him to rest in our soul.
It is not to know other than to love; to love adoring, repairing, praying, asking, forgetting self, to love always, under all its forms.
“To be Spouse” is to have the eyes in His eyes, the thought enchanted by Him, the heart all in love, all invaded, as if out of self and passed in Him, the soul full of His soul, full of His prayer, all her being captivated and given.
It is to fix Him always with a glance, to catch the least sign and desire; it is to enter in all of His joys, to share all His sadness. It means to be fruitful, coredemptrix, to generate souls to grace, to multiply the adoptive children of the Father, the redeemed by the Christ, the co-heirs of His glory.
Lastly to be taken for spouse, for mystical spouse, means to have the heart enraptured in a certain way that forgetting all the distance, the WORD is poured in the soul like in the bosom of the Father, with the same ecstasy of infinite love. It means that the Father, the Word and the Spirit invade the soul, deify it, consume it in one for love. It means the matrimony, the stable state, because it is the indissoluble union of the will and of the hearts. And God said: Let us make him a companion similar to him. They will be two in one…”
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