A Contented Guest

Father Cassilly continues his discussion of the indwelling of God in the human soul. He asks: “What makes God a contented lodger within our soul?” It is this: “His ability to control and manage everything in it—the lights and shades and sounds, the domestic economy, order and arrangement. Everything there should be to His taste and liking—our thoughts, desires, wishes, aims and ambitions, the conversation and entertainment we provide Him. Above all, there must be a constant intercommunication of the offices of affection between Him and us. When love flies out of doors the home ceases to exist. To love and to be loved—this is the essence of home. God will stay so long as our heart beats in unison with His, but, when we grow aweary of Him and become enamored of sinful objects, He will depart, leaving us to entertain the foe and the stranger.”

“Like other householders, God stores His treasures and prized possessions in His home under bolt and key. And what are these treasures He guards so jealously? They are grace and the habitual virtues that belong to it. All the day long God is busy in our soul, bringing in new ornaments of affection, beautifying, decorating His habitation to make it alike worthy of Him and us. This is His constant occupation and toil, which never weary or fatigue Him. We sleep, but He ever watches, lest while He slept the marauder might come and despoil His abode. He would allow no unbidden guest to cross the threshold where He is sovereign keeper and warden.”

“In his home the man of affairs throws off the solicitude and restraint of business cares. He draws the curtains on the outside world and forgets its existence, abandoning himself to the delights of the family circle. They become for the moment more important to him than the welfare of a nation. Home is all to him, the real occupation of life, and other things are but seeming. And to God the interests of His home are all in all. . . . No concern of ours is beneath Him. We need not fear to annoy or worry Him by our importunities, for whatever pertains to us and our welfare is worthy of His notice and sympathy, simply because it relates to us.”

Quotations from Francis Cassilly, A Story of Love, 2d ed. (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1917).

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