So I am listening to some Catholic study course via an iPhone app. It’s called Catholic Courses, and if I am guessing correctly its pretty old. There is a talk on Grace, which I mentioned here before that is totally inspiring. It is given by an old priest who has a wonderful way to explore the topic by going deep into the language of the scriptures.
At the core of the talk: The Life of Grace. It is alive and waiting.
- Step 1: Conversion, When we make the decision to go all in, and Live in God.
- Step 2: Purgation. Painful process of shedding the old to take on the new. The cleaning out of bad habits. The priest likens it to cleaning house. You set your mind to do it, but its not fun. Even worse, God pulls back his support. A test to see if this is where our heart truly lies.
- Night of the Senses. A time after we tossed away our bad habits, and everything we knew about living day-to-day, but have nothing yet to replace them with. We are left empty. Longing. We can fall back, or go forward in Faith.
- Illumination. A Sudden, wonderful understanding of God, His Presence, the scriptures, that strikes us hard and gives us insight, understanding, love and illumination that only comes from God.
- Night of the Soul. Once again a test. This one more painful. A feeling of pure abandonment. To me, this is because of the moments of Illumination that come before it. You now know what you are missing, and feel its absence acutely.
- Unitive. Being constantly aware of being with God. Knowing and loving God in ways far more than any human could understand unless in this space.
And this opportunity to be at unity with God is with us all.
We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew (all mankind) he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. And those whom he predestined he also called (converted); and those whom he called he also justified (made holy); and those whom he justified he also glorified .