Wednesday, January 12, 2011

All life would become a sign (From Abbe Michel Quoist's "Prayers")

If only we knew
how to look at life as God sees it,

we would realize that nothing
is simply in the secular world,

but that everything contributes
to the building
of the Kingdom of God.

To have faith is not only
to raise one's eyes to God

to contemplate him;
it is also to look at this world
--with Christ's eyes.

If we allow Christ to penetrate our whole being,
if we allow him to purify us,
the world would no longer be an obstacle.
It would rather be a perpetual incentive
to work for the Father in order that,
in Christ, his Kingdom may come to earth
as it is in heaven.

One must pray to be given sufficient faith
to know how to look at life.
For if we knew how to look at life
through God's eyes,
we would see it filled with innumerable tokens
of the love of the Creator
seeking the love of his creatures.

The Father has put us in this world,
not to walk through it with lowered eyes,
but to search for him through all things,
through all events, through all persons.
And realize that everything
must reveal Himself to us.

"The Kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart." (Friedrich Nietzsche)