Section 2 - Diversity of Grace.
The afflictions which the soul is made to endure are but loving
artifices of God which will, one day, give it great joy.
Souls that walk in light sing the canticles
of the light; those that walk in darkness sing the songs of the
darkness. Both must be allowed to sing to the end the part
allotted to them by God in the great Oratorio. Nothing must be
added to the score, nothing left out; every drop of bitterness
must be allowed to flow freely at whatever cost.
It was thus with Jeremias and Ezechiel whose utterances were broken by tears and
sobs, and who could find no consolation except in continuing their
lamentations. Had the course of their grief been interrupted, we
should have lost the most beautiful passages of Scripture.
Spirit that afflicts can also console; these diverse waters flow
from the same source. When God appears angry the soul trembles;
when He threatens it is terrified. The divine operation must be
allowed to develop, for with the evil it carries a remedy; so
continue to weep and to tremble; let restlessness and agony invade
your souls, make no effort to free yourselves from these divine
terrors, these heavely troubles, but open your hearts to receive
these little streams from that immense sea of sorrows which God
bore in His most holy soul.
Sow in sorrow for as long as grace
requires, and that same grace will gradually dry your tears.
Darkness will disappear before the radiance of the sun, springtime
will come with its flowers, and the result of your abandonment
will be seen in the admirable diversity of the divine action.
Indeed it is quite useless for man to trouble himself; all that
takes place in him is like a dream. One cloud chases another like
imaginations in the brain of the sleeper, some sorrowful, others
The soul is the playground of these phantoms which
follow each other with great rapidity, and on awaking it feels
that, in all this, there is nothing to detain it. When these
impressions have passed away it takes no notice of the joys or
sorrows of dreams.
O Lord! it can be truly said that You carry Your children in Your
arms during this long night of faith, and that You are pleased to
allow an infinite variety of thoughts to pass through their minds;
thoughts holy and mysterious. In the state in which these dreams
of the night place them, they indeed experience the utmost torment
of fear, anguish, and weariness, but on the bright day of eternal
glory these will give place to a true and solid joy.
It is at the moment of, and just after the awakening that holy
souls, returning to themselves, and with full right to judge, can
never tire of admiring and praising the tact, the inventions and
refinements of loving deception practised by the divine Spouse.
They understand how impenetrable are His ways, how impossible it
is to guess His enigmas, to find out His disguises, or to receive
consolation when it is His will to spread terror and alarm.
At this awakening those who, like Jeremias and David, have been
inconsolable in their grief, will see that in their desolation
they have been a subject of joy to the angels, and of glory to
God. The bride sleeps through the bustle of industries, and of
human actions, and in spite of the sneers of sceptics. In her
sleep she will sigh and tremble; in her dreams she will pursue and
seek her Spouse, who disguises Himself to deceive her.
Let her dream; her fears are only born of the night, and of sleep.
When the Spouse has exercised her beloved soul, and shown forth in
it what can only be expressed by Him, He will develop the result
of these dreams and will awaken it at the right time.
Joseph caused Benjamin to weep, and his servants kept his secret
from this beloved brother. Joseph deceived him, and not all his
penetration and wit could fathom this deception. Benjamin and his
brothers were plunged in unspeakable sorrow but Joseph was only
playing a trick on them, although the poor brothers could see
nothing but an evil without any remedy. When he reveals himself
and puts everything right they admire his wisdom in making them
think that all is lost, and to cause hem to despair about that
which turns out to be a subject of the greatest joy they have ever