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Never Too Late to Be Healed


Saint Thérèse saw the infinite love of God as a pent-up ocean, yearning and aching to release its torrents which are held back by our barricades.

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If we remove the barricades, these waters of love flow over us carrying all before them. Thérèse longed to be one who would give God the joy of being able to love her fully, to give full vent to his love. Shall we not desire this also?

I have come to cast fire on the earth and how I yearn for it to be kindled (Lk 12:49). I seek an earth dried and parched with longing, free from the cloying moisture of self-love. One touch of fire to such a heart and there is a conflagration. An earth seeping with self-love cannot be ignited. Recall the water Elijah poured on the earth and how this was consumed by flames (cf. 1 Kgs 18:34-38).

So we can water our earth with contrition, and this too can become a conflagration. It is never too late to give ourselves entirely to God. We waste time on self-reproach and discouragement, when we should be throwing ourselves into God’s arms. May he today be able to rejoice: I came, and at last she could receive me. Now I can make her happy, now I can fill her with myself.

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Sister Ruth Burrows, o.c.d. "Never Too Late to Be Healed," from Through Him, With Him, In Him: Meditations on the Liturgical Seasons. Sheed & Ward Inc. (1987).

Printed in the November 2023 edition of Magnificat. Used with permission.

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