Our Heavenly Spouse

“The ineffable love which God bears to a soul in the state of grace, and the supernatural beauty with which He invests it, lead to that blessed union of which St. Paul speaks in his Epistle to the Ephesians. ‘Matrimony,’ he explains, ‘is a great sacrament’—that is, a mystery of sublime significance, because it typifies the union of Christ with His Church, and therefore also of God with the soul. But the union between husband and wife, however sacred and intimate, is but a shadow of the infinitely closer union of which it is a symbol. For, as the Apostle says: ‘He who adheres to a wife is made one body, but he who adheres to the Lord is one spirit’ (1 Cor 6:16-17). And as the spirit, much more the Spirit of God, is exalted above the flesh, so is the union of God exalted above that of man and wife. This union of the soul with God is so true and intimate that its equal cannot be found in all created nature, and no created reason can comprehend it. God immerses the soul in an ocean of His Divine light, inundates it with a stream of Divine happiness, fills it with the whole plenitude of His Being.”

“To have God for our Father, our Brother, and our Friend, would be sufficient to prove the love He entertains for the soul in a state of grace; but, as He would set no bounds to His love of the children of men, He also calls Himself their Spouse. This union removes all barriers that might separate the soul from God. As His child she was restrained by filial reverence, as His friend she could not yet claim Him, but as Spouse she approaches Him without embarrassment.”

“How great should be the desire of the devout soul to please Him who has manifested such astounding love for her!”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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