Section 12 - The Divine Word our Model.
In course of time the idea formed by the Eternal Wisdom of all
things is carried out by divine action. All things have, in God,
their likeness, and are recognised and known by the divine Wisdom.
Should you know all those things that are not for you, such
knowledge would be no guide to you in any way. The divine action
beholds in the Word the idea after which you ought to be formed
and this example is always before it. It sees in the Word all that
is necessary for the sanctification of every soul. The holy
Scriptures contain one part, and the workings of the divine action
in the interior of the soul, after the example set forth by the
Word, complete the work.
We must understand that the only way of
receiving the impression of this eternal idea is to remain quietly
amenable to it; and that neither efforts, nor mental speculations
can do anything to that end. It is obvious that a work such as
this cannot be effected by cleverness, intelligence, nor subtlety
of mind, but only by the passive way of abandonment to, its
reception, and by yielding to it like metal in a mould, or canvas
under the pencil, or stone in the hands of the sculptor.
evident that to know all the divine mysteries of God is by no
means the way in which by His will we are made to resemble His
image, that image which the Word has formed of us; that our
resemblance to the divine type can only be formed in us by the
impression of the seal of the divine action, and that this
impression is not produced in the mind by ideas, but in the will
The wisdom of the just soul consists in being
content with what is intended for it! in confining itself within
the boundary of its path, and not trespassing beyond its limit. It
is not inquisitive about God's ways of acting, but is content as
regards itself with the arrangements of His will, making no effort
to discover its meaning by comparisons or conjectures, but only
desiring to understand what each moment reveals. It listens to the
voice of the Word when it sounds in the depths of the heart, it
does not inquire as to what the divine Spouse has said to others,
but is satisfied with what it receives for itself, so that moment
by moment it becomes, in this way, divinised without its
It is thus that the divine Word converses with His
spouse, by the solid effects of His action which the spouse
without scrutinising curiously, accepts with loving gratitude.
Thus the spirituality of such a soul is perfectly simple,
absolutely solid, and thoroughly diffused throughout its entire
being. Its actions are not determined by ideas nor by a confusion
of words which by themselves would only serve to excite pride.
Pious people make a great use of the mind, whereas mental exertion
is of very little use, and is even antagonistic to true piety. We
must make use only of that which God sends us to do or to suffer,
and not forsake this divine reality to occupy our minds with the
historical wonders of the divine work instead of gaining an
increase of grace by our fidelity.
The marvels of this work, of which we read for the purpose of
satisfying our curiosity, often only tend to disgust us with
things that seem trifling but by which, if we do not despise them,
the divine love effects very great things in us. Fools that we
are! We admire and bless this divine action in the writings
relating its history, and when it is ready to continue this
writing on our hearts, we keep moving the paper and prevent it
writing by our curiosity, to see what it is doing in and around
Pardon, divine love, these defects; I can see them all in
myself, for I am not yet able to understand how to let You act. So
far I have not allowed myself to be cast into the mould. I have
run through all Your workshops and have admired all Your works,
but have not as yet, by abandonment, received even the bare
outlines of Your pencil. Nevertheless I have found in You a kind
Master, a Physician, a Father, a beloved Friend.
I will now become Your disciple, and will frequent no other school
than Yours. Like the Prodigal Son I return hungering for Your
bread. I relinquish the ideas which tend only to the satisfaction
of mental curiosity; I will no longer run after masters and books
but will only make use of them as of other things that present
themselves, not for my own satisfaction, but in dependence on the
divine action and in obedience to You. For love of You and to
discharge my debts I will confine myself to the one essential
business, that of the present moment, and thus enable You to act.