“It is a mistake to think that those who have inherited the material for their life from suffering generations, and who have poor health and a timid approach or some vice or weakness, have not been designed and planned by God as much as others who seem luckier in the world’s eyes.
Christ has said: “I am the Way,” and He has been there in every generation, blowing with the Divine Breath of the Spirit on that little flame of life. He is the Way, but He is not limited as we are: He can manifest Himself in countless ways we do not dream of. He can will to live in lives of suffering and darkness we cannot conceive of; He can choose what seems to us the most unlikely material in the world to use for a positive miracle of His love.”
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“The most striking example of the material God can and does use to manifest His glory is Lazarus.
Lazarus was not even alive; he was dead, and according to his chief mourners, stinking; but Christ used him as the material for showing forth the glory of God in a way surpassed only by His own Resurrection. The moment of His own Resurrection was a secret, a secret between His Heavenly Father and Himself. But the raising of Lazarus dazzled the world.
Each one of us– as we are at the moment when we first ask ourselves: “For what purpose do I exist?” — is the material which Christ Himself, through all the generations that have gone to our making, has fashioned for His purpose.
That which seems to us to be a crumbling point, a lack, a thorn in the flesh, is destined for God’s glory as surely as the rotting bones of Lazarus, as surely as the radiance of Mary of Nazareth.”
from The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander
picture attribution: ‘The Raising of Lazarus’, tempera and gold on panel by Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1310–11, Kimbell Art Museum” by Duccio – Kimbell Art Museum. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.