Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fesch - The Narrow Path

IN THIS TEMPORAL LIFE we are led along a narrow path, at the end of which is a little door opening onto true life. In order to pass thorugh that door we must first let ourselves be crucified on the cross which stands at the entrance. If suffering and fear turn us away, we will not enter.

It is true that for the most part our advice is not asked - otherwise how few of the elect would pass through! But with trial comes faith, and with faith, graces, which are not distributed parsimoniously but with profusion. The yoke becomes sweet and the sorrow is turned into joy. What is hidden from the eyes of men becomes luminous for those whom the Lord is drawing. "Do not fear those who can kill the body and who after that can do no more."

Do you know this word of Christ: "I give you thanks, Father, for having revealed these things to little ones and having hidden them from the wise." It is true. All that is despised by the world becomes precious for the Lord's sake. What a troop of lame men, thieves, assassins must surround him! ...

These are great mysteries we are living through. Do not let us struggle against redemption, under the pressure of egotistical thoughts ...
- Jacques Fresch (+1957) was a murderer who experienced a profound conversion before his execution in a French prison.

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