ilfakultajiet jew issensi biex tifta ilbieb galih

il-fakultajiet jew is-sensi biex tiftaħ il-bieb għalih; Kollha rieqda. Jidħol fil-fond l-aktar ġewwanett
ta ‘erwieħ tagħna mingħajr bieb, kif hu daħal fil-kamra fejn id-dixxipli sib, qal “Pax Vobis,” 172
U hekk kif ħareġ mis-sepulcher mingħajr ma jitneħħa l-ġebel li għalaq id-daħla. Int
se tara farther fuq, fis-seba ‘Mansion, ferm aħjar minn hawn, kif Alla jagħmel l-ruħ jgawdu tiegħu
preżenza fiċ-ċentru tagħha stess. O ibniet, dak li jistaqsi għandna naraw, jekk inżommu qatt qabel tagħna
Għajnejn il-bniedem tagħna stess u l-fraġilità u nirrikonoxxu kemm aħna li nkunu l-idejn ta ‘hekk
Great A Mulej, li l-marvels huma lil hinn mill-komprensjoni tagħna! Jista ‘jkun għal dejjem imfaħħar! Amen.
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Kapitolu II.
Tkompli l-istess suġġett: jispjega t-talb ta ‘l-Unjoni minn delikat
Paragun u titkellem dwar l-effetti li tħalli fuq ir-ruħ. Dan
Il-kapitolu għandu jirċievi attenzjoni kbira.
1. Ir-ruħ meta mqabbla ma ‘farfett. 2. Il-Grandeurs tal-Ħolqien. 3. Simbolu tar-ruħ u l-
Silkworm. 4. Preparazzjoni tar-ruħ għall-indbitazzjoni ta ‘Alla. 5. Mewt Mystic tal-ħarir. 6. Effetti
ta ‘l-Unjoni Divina. 7. Żieda tal-fervur u distakkament. 8. Provi suċċessivi-talb tal-Unjoni.
9. Longing għall-mewt u entużjażmu għall-unur ta ‘Alla. 10. Dan zeal supernatural. 11. Alla waħdu jaħdem
din il-grazzja. 12. L-istess entużjażmu bħal dak ħassew mill-Mulej tagħna fid-dinja. 13. Kristu tbatija keenest.
1. Tista ‘timmaġina li m’hemmx iktar fadal li jiġu deskritti mill-kontenut ta’ din il-Mansion,
Iżda għad fadal ħafna li għad trid tgħid, għax għidt, fih jiffavorixxi diversi gradi. Naħseb li hemm
m’hemm xejn li żżid dwar it-talb ta ‘l-Unjoni, imma meta r-ruħ li fuqha Alla jagħti din il-grazzja
jiddisponi ruħu għar-riċeviment tagħhom, nista ‘ngħidlek ħafna dwar il-marvels Lord tagħna jaħdem fiha. I.
jiddeskrivi xi wħud minnhom fil-mod tiegħi stess, ukoll l-istat li fih jitilqu mir-ruħ, u se
Uża paragun xieraq biex jispjega l-kwistjoni, u spjega dan għalkemm ma nistgħux nieħdu l-ebda parti attiva
F’dan ix-xogħol ta ‘Alla ġewwa l-Istati Uniti, 173 iżda nistgħu nagħmlu ħafna biex nippreparaw lilna nfusna biex nirċievu din il-grazzja.
Smajt kemm issir il-ħarir bil-kbir fil-mod bħal Alla waħdu jista ‘jippjana-kif dan
Kollox ġej minn bajda li tixbah qamħ żgħir. Ma rajt lili nnifsi, naf biss minnha
Skond Healtay, hekk jekk il-fatti mhumiex eżatti l-ħsara ma tkunx tiegħi. Meta, fit-temp sħun,
130.
Is-siġar ċawsli jidħlu fil-weraq, il-bajda żgħira li kienet ħajja qabel l-ikel tagħha kienet lesta, jibda
biex tgħix. Il-caterpillar ssostni lilha nnifisha fuq il-weraq taċ-ċawsli sakemm, meta kibret kbira,
nies post qrib zkuk żgħar li fuqhom, tal-qbil tagħha stess, hija spins ħarir mill-ħalq ċkejkna tagħha
sakemm ikun għamel ftit dejqa li fiha dfin innifsu. Imbagħad din id-dudu kbir u ikrah
Tħalli l-Cocoon bħala farfett abjad sabiħ.
2. Jekk aħna ma rajnax dan imma smajt biss biha bħala leġġenda qadima, li jista ‘jemmen fiha? Coult.
Aħna jipperswadu lilna nfusna li insetti hekk biddlu mingħajr l-użu ta ‘raġuni bħala ħarir jew naħla
jaħdmu ma ‘tali industrija u ħiliet fis-servizz tagħna li l-ħarir żgħir fqir jitlef ħajtu fuq il-
biċċa xogħol? Dan ikun biżżejjed għal meditazzjoni qasira, Sorijiet, mingħajr ma żżid aktar, għalik tista ‘titgħallem
172 San Ġwann, XX. 19.
173 mod ta ‘perf. ch. xXV. 3.

 

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the faculties or senses to open the door to Him; they are all asleep. He enters the innermost depths
of our souls without a door, as He entered the room where the disciples sat, saying ‘Pax vobis,’172
and as He emerged from the sepulchre without removing the stone that closed the entrance. You
will see farther on, in the seventh mansion, far better than here, how God makes the soul enjoy His
presence in its very centre. O daughters, what wonders shall we see, if we keep ever before our
eyes our own baseness and frailty and recognize how unworthy we are to be the handmaids of so
great a Lord, Whose marvels are beyond our comprehension! May He be for ever praised! Amen.
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CHAPTER II.
CONTINUES THE SAME SUBJECT: EXPLAINS THE PRAYER OF UNION BY A DELICATE
COMPARISON AND SPEAKS OF THE EFFECTS IT LEAVES UPON THE SOUL. THIS
CHAPTER SHOULD RECEIVE GREAT ATTENTION.
1. The soul compared to a butterfly. 2. The grandeurs of creation. 3. Symbol of the soul and the
silkworm. 4. Preparation of the soul for God’s indwelling. 5. Mystic death of the silkworm. 6. Effects
of divine union. 7. Increase of fervour and detachment. 8. Trials succeeding the prayer of union.
9. Longing for death and zeal for God’s honour. 10. This zeal supernatural. 11. God alone works
this grace. 12. The same zeal as that felt by our Lord on earth. 13. Christ’s keenest suffering.
1. You may imagine that there is no more left to be described of the contents of this mansion,
but a great deal remains to be told, for as I said, it contains favours of various degrees. I think there
is nothing to add about the prayer of union, but when the soul on which God bestows this grace
disposes itself for their reception, I could tell you much about the marvels our Lord works in it. I
will describe some of them in my own way, also the state in which they leave the soul, and will
use a suitable comparison to elucidate the matter, explaining that though we can take no active part
in this work of God within us,173 yet we may do much to prepare ourselves to receive this grace.
You have heard how wonderfully silk is made—in a way such as God alone could plan—how it
all comes from an egg resembling a tiny pepper-corn. Not having seen it myself, I only know of it
by hearsay, so if the facts are inaccurate the fault will not be mine. When, in the warm weather,
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the mulberry trees come into leaf, the little egg which was lifeless before its food was ready, begins
to live. The caterpillar nourishes itself upon the mulberry leaves until, when it has grown large,
people place near it small twigs upon which, of its own accord, it spins silk from its tiny mouth
until it has made a narrow little cocoon in which it buries itself. Then this large and ugly worm
leaves the cocoon as a lovely little white butterfly.
2. If we had not seen this but had only heard of it as an old legend, who could believe it? Could
we persuade ourselves that insects so utterly without the use of reason as a silkworm or a bee would
work with such industry and skill in our service that the poor little silkworm loses its life over the
task? This would suffice for a short meditation, sisters, without my adding more, for you may learn
172 St. John, xx. 19.
173 Way of Perf. ch. xxv. 3.

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