Author Archives: SaintlySages

Presumptive Certainty of Reaching Paradise

Father Frassinetti states that, although we cannot have infallible certainty that we are in a state of grace, we can have “a presumptive certainty, which is a sufficient assurance for us, and keeps us in peace and tranquillity.” “Is not … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Soul

Venerable Joseph Frassinetti admires the beauty of a soul in a state of grace: “How beautiful is that holiness which consists in the mere possession of sanctifying grace! So great is its beauty, that it not only attracts the love … Continue reading

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Falling From the Heights

Father Benson cautions: “Since every advance in spiritual life has its corresponding dangers—since every step that we rise nearer to God increases the depth of the gulf into which we may fall—a soul that has reached the stage of the … Continue reading

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Contemplation

Father Benson explains: “The third stage of Illumination, corresponding with that of the Purgative Way, deals with those actual relations between Christ and the soul that are involved in the Divine Friendship. Now we saw that the last step of … Continue reading

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Seeing the Value of Divine Things

Father Benson states: “The second step of the Illuminative Way—corresponding to that of the Purgative—consists in light being gained from God as to the reality of interior things—for instance, the truths of religion.” “For example: A soul in the elementary … Continue reading

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The Way of Illumination Begins

Father Benson states: “It has been seen how in the Purgative Way, Jesus Christ, in His desire to unite the soul altogether to Himself, strips her gradually of all that would hinder the perfection of that union. . . . … Continue reading

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Responding to Disillusionment with Oneself

Commenting on the third stage of the Way of Purgation, disillusionment with oneself, Father Benson notes: “If a soul has come so far as this, it is extremely rare that sheer pride should be her ruin. The very knowledge of … Continue reading

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