I have a devout Catholic friend who went though several serious health issues not long ago, and called to share with me some of the stories. At the end of the story, my friend said,

I used to think that being ‘poor in spirit’ was about what I did to empty myself out, you know, like giving up things or doing humble things. But after going through all I’ve been through I realize that the poorest poverty comes to us from those things in life that come upon you, that you don’t choose yourself but simply consent to and go through.  Those are the ones that have really shown me what absolute dependence on, and surrender to, God is about. I feel so much smaller now, but God also feels so much greater. I mean, He’s totally beyond me, way bigger that my nice, tidy God-boxes, and He’s greater as in far more mysteriously trustworthy that I could ever express in words. It’s exactly like that Augustine quote you like so much: “Why wonder that you do not understand? For if you understand, it’s not God.”

As often happens to me, this reflection on encountering God in fragility set in motion in my mind a set of quotable associations…

“For to the one that is little, mercy will be shown.” — Wisdom 6:7

When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its corner-stone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward — in a word, a man. And upon this rock He has built his Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed against it. All the empires and the kingdoms have failed because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men. But this one thing, the historic Christian Church, was founded on a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible. For no chain is stronger than its weakest link.  — G.K. Chesterton

“O Jesus! Why can’t I tell all little souls how unspeakable is Your condescension? I feel that if You found a soul weaker and littler than mine, You would be pleased to grant it still greater favors, provided it abandoned itself with total confidence to Your infinite Mercy. I beg You to cast Your Divine Glance upon a great number of little souls. I beg You to choose a legion of little Victims worthy of Your LOVE!” — St. Thérèse

2 comments on “Weak-Power

  1. WoopieCushion says:

    Thank you

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