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God Sustains Every Person

John said:  "God sustains every soul and dwells in it substantially, even though it may be that of the greatest sinner in the world.   This union between God and creatures always exists.   By it He conserves their being so that if the union should end they would immediately be annihilated and cease to exist.   Consequently, in discussing (a higher) union with God... when there is likeness of love.   We will call it the union of likeness...  The union of likeness is supernatural; the other is natural.   The supernatural union exists when God's will and the soul's are in conformity... it rests transformed in God through love. (p.163)

Persevere patiently and not be afflicted.   Let them trust in God who does not fail those who seek Him with a simple and righteous heart; nor will He fail to impart what is needful for the way until getting them to the clear and pure light of love." (p.381)

The source of all goodness and wisdom is God, and this particular message was conveyed through:  The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz), translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, Otilio Rodriguez,  (Recommend Bible as primary source and these teachings as secondary)

ForLove ForLove 46-50, M Oct 9, 2009

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