Now I know what St. Francis de Sales meant when he told a rose to "stop shouting"!
I had to have surgery to remove
the cataract in my right eye. For some time I realized that I wasn't able
to see as clearly as I used to. But the change was so gradual, and over
such a long period of time, that I'd become accustomed to the cloudiness.
When the doctor said it was time for an operation, I expected to return
to the old clear vision of years ago.
I was like a little kid on Christmas morning. I'd lift up my patch to take a peek at whatever was placed before me, and I'd exclaim, "Well look at that! It's YELLOW!" when I'd always seen it as a pale beige. I looked at the Chapel, which we renovated three years ago, and I realized that none of the colors were what I had picked out. If I looked through just my left eye, I saw the same muted colors I'd always remembered. But through my right eye, they were so different. Only by the Grace of God does everything match.
When I walked through the courtyard,
all the flowers seemed to be dark and brown and I knew it was Fall. But
when I looked at them with only my right eye, it was still Springtime --
the browns and purples, and grays and muddy oranges were suddenly transformed
into bright pinks, vivid purples and glorious reds. And there were so many
different shades of green! I was stunned. And I couldn't hold back the
But the Scriptures abound with incidents of such visions of Glory and images of light. In the Book of Exodus, the Lord's Presence took the form of a pillar of fire at night while in the daytime, It appeared as a pillar of cloud. The Prophet Ezekiel gave us images of fire and light with the sheen of bronze and flashes of lightening and a brilliant rainbow around the Throne of God. St John wrote of the Word of God as Light in the Prologue to His Gospel, and in the Book of Revelation he described his vision of the glorious brightness of the Heavenly Jerusalem.
And then, there is another kind
of light. As St. Paul tells us, this is the light of Knowledge, the Knowledge
of God's Glory shining on the Face of Christ. St Paul speaks of our souls
being enlightened by God Himself, shining onto our minds to radiate the
Light of Jesus. When this Light pours down on a soul that is straining
to reach out and understand its Creator, their meeting becomes a kind of
music which rejoices the heart. But such music is melody which cannot be
expressed in tones or words ... it can only be seen on the face of the
one who sings its melody.
Family, I pray that you may someday experience the fullness of joy which God prepared for you. I pray that, in His Great Glory, His Light will dispel whatever darkness may cloud your soul, giving you a renewed hope in the Glory that is to come. And I pray that the Light of His Love will transform you and me into the brightness of the image of Jesus.
Let us always thank God for the beautiful things in our life that we do not see - His Protection, His Guidance and the little miracles we will be aware of only in eternity.
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