8 Irridu nitolbu lil Alla kontinwament fittalb tag

8. Irridu nitolbu lil Alla kontinwament fit-talb tagħna biex iżommuna bl-idejn; Għandna nżommu qatt
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F’moħħna l-verità li jekk tħallina, ċertament aħna se nhargħu f’daqqa fil-abyss, għal
Aħna qatt ma nkunu daqshekk foolish biex fiduċja fihom. Wara dan naħseb li l-akbar salvagwardja huwa li
Oqgħod attent ħafna u biex tara kif aħna navvanzaw bis-saħħa; Irridu ninnutaw jekk qed nagħmlux
progress jew li jaqa ‘lura fiha, speċjalment fir-rigward tal-imħabba tal-ġar tagħna, ix-xewqa li nkunu maħsuba
L-inqas ta ‘kulħadd u kif aħna nagħmlu d-dmirijiet ordinarji u ta’ kuljum tagħna. Jekk nattendu għal dan u nitolbu tagħna
Lord biex tgħarrafna, aħna nkunu perċepixxu l-qligħ jew it-telf tagħna.
9. M’għandekx jissoponi li wara l-avvanz tar-ruħ għal tali stat Alla jabbanduna dan faċilment li dan
huwa xogħol ħafif għad-devil biex jerġa ‘jikseb. Meta Maestà tiegħu jara li jħallih, huwa jħoss it-telf hekk
qawwa li hu jagħtiha f’ħafna modi elf twissijiet sigrieti li jiżvelaw lill-moħbija
perikolu.206.
10. Bħala konklużjoni, ejjew jistinkaw biex jagħmlu progress kostanti: għandna jħossu allarm kbir jekk nagħmlu
ma jsibux ruħna avvanz, għal bla dubju l-ħażen wieħed irid ikun qed tippjana li tweġġa us f’xi
mod; Huwa impossibbli għal ruħ li wasal għal dan l-istat biex ma tmurx il-bogħod, għall-imħabba qatt mhu
idle. Għalhekk huwa sinjal ħażin ħafna meta wieħed jasal għal stand-għadu fis-saħħa. Hi li taspira li
isiru l-konjuġi ta ‘Alla nnifsu, u ttrattat bil-Maestà tiegħu u jaslu għal tali
Fehim miegħu, m’għandhomx iħallu off u mur torqod.207
11. Biex turik, ibniet tiegħi, kif Kristu tittratta l-erwieħ li jieħu għall-brides tiegħu, issa se
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Kellem tas-Sitt Mansions. Imbagħad tara kemm ftit paragun huwa dak kollu li nistgħu nagħmlu jew
Jsofru fis-servizz tiegħu biex jippreparaw ruħna għall-akkoljenza ta ‘tali favor immens. Forsi tagħna
Mulej iddeċieda li għandi nikteb dan sabiex l-għarfien tal-premju kbir li ġej, u
tal-ħniena infinita tiegħu fit-tfittxija li tagħti u timmanifesta lilu nnifsu għal dud bħal aħna, jista
Jagħmluna ninsew wequched, petty, pjaciri earthly tagħna u run fuq mod tagħna mal-għajnejn iffissati fuq tiegħu
Grandeur, infjammat bl-imħabba għalih.
12. Jista ‘jippermettini nispjega xi wħud minn dawn il-kwistjonijiet diffiċli; Jekk il-Mulej tagħna u l-Ispirtu s-Santu
Tiggwidax il-pinna tiegħi, naf li l-kompitu jkun impossibbli. 1 jitolbuh biex jipprevjeni qal tiegħi
Xejn ħlief jekk se jibbenefikak. Il-Maestà Tiegħu jaf li, safejn nista ‘niġġudika, m’għandi l-ebda oħra
jixtiequ iżda li ismu jista ‘jkun glorified u li aħna jista’ jistinkaw biex iservu Mulej li għalhekk
Recompones l-isforzi tagħna anke f’din id-dinja. Dak, allura, se jkun ferħ tagħna fil-ġenna fejn se jkun
Kontinwu, mingħajr l-interruzzjonijiet, il-ħaddiema, u l-perikli ta ‘din il-baħar tempestuous tal-ħajja? Kienu
Mhux għall-biża ‘li titlef jew toffendi lilu, għandna nixtiequ ngħixu sal-aħħar tad-dinja
Sabiex taħdem għal ħafna God-Lord tagħna u l-mara tagħna. Jista Maestà tiegħu jippermettulna li jirrendu
Huwa xi servizz ħieles mill-ħafna ħsarat aħna dejjem nimpenjaw, anke f’xogħlijiet tajbin! Amen.
206 Ħajja, Ch. XIX. 9.
207 Ħajja, Ch. XIX. 7.
208 rel. IX. 19.

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8. We must beg God constantly in our prayers to uphold us by His hand; we should keep ever
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in our minds the truth that if He leaves us, most certainly we shall fall at once into the abyss, for
we must never be so foolish as to trust in ourselves. After this I think the greatest safeguard is to
be very careful and to watch how we advance in virtue; we must notice whether we are making
progress or falling back in it, especially as regards the love of our neighbour, the desire to be thought
the least of all and how we perform our ordinary, everyday duties. If we attend to this and beg Our
Lord to enlighten us, we shall at once perceive our gain or loss.
9. Do not suppose that after advancing the soul to such a state God abandons it so easily that it
is light work for the devil to regain it. When His Majesty sees it leaving Him, He feels the loss so
keenly that He gives it in many a way a thousand secret warnings which reveal to it the hidden
danger.206
10. In conclusion, let us strive to make constant progress: we ought to feel great alarm if we do
not find ourselves advancing, for without doubt the evil one must be planning to injure us in some
way; it is impossible for a soul that has come to this state not to go still farther, for love is never
idle. Therefore it is a very bad sign when one comes to a stand-still in virtue. She who aspires to
become the spouse of God Himself, and has treated with His Majesty and come to such an
understanding with Him, must not leave off and go to sleep.207
11. To show you, my daughters, how Christ treats the souls He takes for His brides, I will now
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speak of the sixth mansions. You will then see how little in comparison is all that we can do or
suffer in His service to prepare ourselves for the reception of such immense favours. Perhaps our
Lord decreed that I should write this in order that the knowledge of the great reward to come, and
of His infinite mercy in seeking to give and to manifest Himself to such worms as we are, might
make us forget our wretched, petty, earthly pleasures and run on our way with eyes fixed on His
grandeur, inflamed with love for Him.
12. May He enable me to explain some of these difficult matters; if our Lord and the Holy Ghost
do not guide my pen, I know the task will prove impossible. 1 beg Him to prevent my saying
anything unless it will profit you. His Majesty knows that, as far as I can judge, I have no other
wish but that His Name may be glorified and that we may strive to serve a Lord Who thus
recompenses our efforts even in this world. What, then, will be our joy in heaven where it will be
continuous, without the interruptions, labours, and dangers of this tempestuous sea of life? Were
it not for the fear of losing or offending Him, we should wish to live until the end of the world208
in order to work for so great a God—our Lord and our Spouse. May His Majesty enable us to render
Him some service free from the many faults we always commit, even in good works! Amen.
206 Life, ch. xix. 9.
207 Life, ch. xix. 7.
208 Rel. ix. 19.

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