|The Ascension by West (Wikimedia Commons)
"The truth is that the Son of Man was revealed as Son of God in a more perfect and transcendent way once he had entered into his Father’s glory; he now began to be indescribably more present in his divinity to those from whom he was further removed in his humanity. A more mature faith enabled their minds to stretch upward to the Son in his equality with the Father; it no longer needed contact with Christ’s tangible body, in which as man he is inferior to the Father. For while his glorified body retained the same nature, the faith of those who believed in him was now summoned to heights where, as the Father’s equal, the only-begotten Son is reached not by physical handling but by spiritual discernment." From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, popeTime to begin the Pentecost Novena! Spiritual discernment is something that I pray for always, and it is a good intention for this Novena. This is the discernment to follow the direction of the Spirit, and not my own -- or the worlds. The disordered desires that we all have very often convince us that our comfort and our personal honor are enough to guide us to make decisions that are right for us. These decisions cannot draw out of us great love for others, but imprison us to lesser loves.
Let the words of Saint Leo inspire us all to stretch our minds upward, and order our desires on what will draw each one of us into the heights of the Father's love.
Peace and many graces to all of you!
Heidi originally posted this on her blog Journey to Wisdom.