Father Cassilly observes that children “constantly see the use and proprietorship of the household and its chattels shared in by all the members of the family. And the child of God may justly adopt a similar manner of speaking in regard to its Heavenly Father’s possessions.”
“But can it truthfully be said that what belongs to God belongs also to us? Is not this an undue straining of the rights of sonship? Listen to the sweeping words of St. Paul: ‘All things are yours, whether it be Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present or things to come; for all are yours; and you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s’ (1 Cor 3:22-23). This world with whatever it contains of beauty and worth; yea, and life itself and death, and whatever is present, and whatever the future on earth or in heaven will bring—they are all ours.”
“He does not say this superabundant wealth will be ours, but it is. Some things are ours only by anticipation. We now have the ownership of them; the usufruct will be ours only at our majority, on our entrance into the kingdom of glory.”
“In the vicissitudes of family life it often happens that children must run for comfort and consolation to their parents. The child of God, too, often meets trials and tribulations in the purgative way of his earthly pilgrimage. When trouble and affliction press upon him, and sickness and weariness of soul sap his courage, and the world turns upon him a stony gaze, when friendship seems but a name, and the heavens themselves close down like a dome of brass, when foes rage without, and passions rebel from within, whither shall he turn? Suffering, pain and sadness, toil and anguish and disappointed hopes, coldness and indifference from others, and, worst of all, interior fear and uncertainty, are the ever-recurring lot of all. These things are the test of the soul’s fidelity, the furnace of affliction in which must be burnt away the dross of sin and selfishness.”
“The stress of trial and purgation we are not left to bear alone. In our anguish we can turn to our heavenly Father. . . . ‘Courage!’ He will whisper, ‘our tribulation will soon pass away, it will not last for long. The sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us.’ With these and similar words of consolation will our Father assuage our grief and pain. Happy we, the children of such a Father!”
Quotations from Francis Cassilly, A Story of Love, 2d ed. (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1917).