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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sophie's Journal 15

In 1806, on the octave day of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mother Barat gave a conference on "the means to attain union with God: Union which must be their happiness on earth while awaiting perfect union in Heaven." The means consisted in "purifying their hearts from all that could hinder the infinitely holy God, who is also a jealous God, from dwelling within them." Detachment was the way to purification of heart. Intimate union should be "the end of all their desires." Mother Barat told the novices: "Try to detach your heart from all that is not God in order to prepare for Him a worthy dwelling place, and He will fill it and be your happiness."

Her words still are true today. Am I detached from all that is not God?

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