The One Thing Needful; Or, the Attainment of Our Last End

9780217125215: The One Thing Needful; Or, the Attainment of Our Last End
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... tion, when you discover the value of the prize for which you are contending. CONSIDERATION I. The excellence of our last end is shown ly the effect which Divine love produces in our souls. Holy faith, as well as reason, teach us that God is the centre of all perfection, aud that every thing which exists, whether in heaven or upon earth, whatever be its nature or condition, has no perfection of itself, but has received from God whatever worth or excellence it may possess. From this principle it clearly follows, 1st, that God alone is the source of all true excellence: 2nd, that our excellence increases in proportion as we approach nearer to God. Keeping these two rules before your mind, consider the excellence of your end. You have already seen that you have been made for the purpose of loving and serving the Lord your God faithfully here upon earth, and enjoying him for ever in His eternal kingdom. What, therefore, properly constitutes the end of your creation, is the perfect love and enjoyment of God. Now, what is the nature and essential property of divine love? How does it act upon our souls? We know from the doctrine of faith that the principal property of divine love is that of uniting us to God, so as to make us "dwell in Him," as the Scripture says, "and Him in us." "God is charity," says St. John, "and he that dwelleth in charity, dwelleth in God, and God in him." "If any one love me," says our blessed Saviour, "he shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and we will come to him, and will take up our abode with him:t and speaking to the Samaritan woman, He calls the love of God, "a fountain of living water springing up to eternal life."t By which words he signifies that the essential property of divine love, is to raise up and unite our s...

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