Stoke the Flames of Selfless Love & Suffer Well
By: Eric Gajewski
In order for us to understand the depths of God’s Love we must understand suffering in its proper context. Sin brought suffering into the world and yet a Redeemer came and united suffering unto His Heart that it might now be used for our sanctification and salvation. This is a key difference between what the world teaches (especially the New Age) and what Christ teaches. Vatican II’s new pastoral direction is trying to create a world free of suffering and yet this is not the doctrine of Christ. He suffered and died that I may live in Him and now I can only live in Him by My cross and dying unto self. A complete and total unification of hearts (Wills).
My heart grew hot within me: and in my meditation a fire shall flame out. Psalm 38:4 When the trial comes we must be on guard to keep the self quiet. It will resist the Cross and thus it will resist God’s Will. The Fire of God’s Love transforms. The 3 Hebrew children did not despair in their trial as the “flames” were sent and did not consume them! From the oppression of the flame which surrounded me, and in the midst of the fire I was not burnt. Eccl 51:6 And yet how often do we seek to flee from our own sanctification by trying to flee trial and affliction. Do not despair God is super nature and will hold your nature together so long as He desires. Servants suffer and men of self seek comfort. Which can you say you are? God sends the trial and yet we try to put God “on trial” for sending us the Cross. This is truth we all have done it. Further, the wicked in hell are burnt by the Fire they cannot absorb because their hearts are locked into this endless state of self in darkness. And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned the wicked. Psalms 105:18
A Fire needs oxygen to survive and grow. We must unite our hearts and whole beings into this work called holy suffering if we are to be remade in His image. It is not enough that we meditate upon the Cross it is necessary for us to experience or partake in it to some degree. Mary, calls out this hour for victim souls to make reparation unto the Sacred Heart. It is not by our own strength that we survive the Fire. No, only through His grace are we able to get through the trial and affliction. He wants to show you all just how deep and powerful His Love is and yet so many never want to endure the Test.
Ask yourself the question today, “Do I stoke the Flames of Divine Love or do I try to suffocate It?” Self will suffocate these Flames and thus suffering in of itself will produce nothing interiorly for you. God is an All Consuming Fire and yet how do we expect at least breath to stand before our God more brilliant than 10,000 suns if we are cowards and run from Calvary? Most of the disciples did and we can positively learn from their mistake. Our Hearts which due to self are like steel in which the Great Blacksmith cannot bend unto His liking without first putting it into the Fire. We bend our wills under the weight of the Great Tree for God knows what is best for our salvation. Only the soul void of self will be able to stand before Christ because Christ and this soul are both the Fire. We cannot become another Christ without Christ (through grace) thus without our Cross we cannot transform. Do not mistake these Flames for the Adversary. No, because the soul suffers does not mean God does not love. No it means He is trying to transform you. These Flames are everlasting and thus we must be found in Him.
O’ do not run nor try to hide
For in Thy Sacred Heart I will confide
For the Fire is Thee
Which comes down at the altar of every Mass
In and Upon this Great Tree
Thus, I shall learn a lesson from the souls in hell
Who by way of self, no more, can absorb
Thy Love, this Fire and thus I shall do my best to suffer well