Friday, July 07, 2006

Virtues of Mary - Angelic Sweetness (Part 3 of 11)

I apologize for not finishing this series of posts (I forgot) and again, you'll have to forgive me for not doing these in order. I will do them in the order in which I see fit for any number of reasons. It should be understood that mastery of any one of these most likely means mastery of all. This is what we should strive for.

My notes on angelic sweetness: "Angelic sweetness: sweetness like the angels - stems from a prayer life that is constant - always being centered on God"

So angelic sweetness will fall back on continual mental prayer. Angelic sweetness, like continual mental prayer and likely every one of the other virtues is, quite simply, exactly what it says. It is a mindset, an attitude, a way of life. To be sweet in all things. I would believe that when one achieves angelic sweetness he or she would no longer have to try to be 'sweet' in all things but would, by the grace of God, find sweetness and joy in all he encounters. Thoughts of hatred and malice (on any level) would subside and only God's brilliant face would shine through the darkness. For when we allow only God's to fill our hearts, what evil could there be?

So then, in striving for angelic sweetness we must also strive to practice continual mental prayer (and heroic patience and all other virtues..). Angelic sweetness is not easy by any means, especially when we do not surrender our vile spirits to the love of God. For if we allow Him - if we TRULY allow Him - He will transform our hearts so that angelic sweetness would not be something extraordinary, but ordinary. But in God, all that is ordinary is also extraordinary.

Let us all strive to focus our lives on our one true God and may He guide us to Himself in all things. In this journey, let us strive to be sweet in all that we say and do, doing our best to love and be loved by the one who is Love itself.

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