The gift of the Spirit constitutes in a real way an immediate entry into eternal life; for by virtue of the indwelling Spirit the Christian shares in God’s own divine nature.
There is a radical joy in unfulfillment. Because, paradoxically, as the Lord Jesus’ burning touch fills us with greater longing, it leads the heart to expand with an emptiness that brings expectant peace.
Obedience, the way of love, is tied to keeping the commandments of the Lord Jesus. We keep the commandments of Christ because we love who he is. We love his deeds and words and his way of life. In free and loving obedience is found happiness.
The Road to Emmaus story teaches us about the immense gift of the Church and the Eucharist. In living the Catholic life and receiving Jesus at the table of the Lord, our minds are filled with grace and divine wisdom.
Thinking of all the crosses I’d borne throughout the years, along with those I’d watched friends and family carry, it occurred to me that one can’t enjoy blessings without having known something of suffering.