And the Word was made flesh...
and dwelt among us...
And we have seen his glory.
|Kissing the Face of God|
|"The Wise Virgins" by James Tissot.|
The Spirit is the source of holiness, a spiritual light, and he offers his own light to every mind to help it in its search for truth. By nature the Spirit is beyond the reach of our mind, but we can know him by his goodness. The power of the Spirit fills the whole universe, but he gives himself only to those who are worthy, acting in each according to the measure of his faith.
The Spirit raises our hearts to heaven, guides the steps of the weak, and brings to perfection those who are making progress. He enlightens those who have been cleansed from every stain of sin and makes them spiritual by communion with himself.
Through the Spirit we become citizens of heaven, we are admitted to the company of the angels, we enter into eternal happiness, and abide in God. through the Spirit we acquire a likeness to God; indeed, we attain what is beyond our most sublime aspirations—we become God.
—From St. Basil the Great
How precious is the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate! In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise: it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste. The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light. This tree does not cast us out of paradise, but opens the way for our return.
By the cross death was slain and Adam was restored to life. The cross is the glory of all the apostles, the crown of the martyrs, the sanctification of the saints. By the cross we put on Christ and cast aside our former self. By the cross we, the sheep of Christ, have been gathered into one flock, destined for the sheepfolds of heaven.
(Saint Theodore the Studite)
Mary Magdalen stayed beside the tomb, weeping...she stooped to peer inside and saw two angels in dazzling robes...she turned and caught sight of Jesus standing there, but did not recognize him...Jesus said to her, "Mary!" (John 20: 11-18)
|Christ Our Light: the Easter Vigil Mass|
Christ triumphed over death with the omnipotence of his love. Love alone is omnipotent. This love impelled Christ to die for us and thus to overcome death. Yes, love alone gives access to the kingdom of life!—Pope Benedict XVI