Pearl 30: “Would that I may put off the old man

 P30

 

...and put on the garment of grace and thus be able to work for the greater glory of God. This is all that I desire.”

Que deje el hombre viejo, me vista de la vestidura de la gracia, y asi pueda trabajar por la mayor gloria de Dios, que es todo mi deseo.”

This phrase is found in the last paragraph of Letter 32. In the letter MF writes of her regret not being able to go for the awarding of prizes in the school in Salamanca, how she was scolded by Fr. Vicar, greetings for Christmas, and her desire to be holy, and rid of her faults and imperfections. 

           For Antonio Grau, “putting off the old man” is not easy. Customs, habits are always there ready to make us what we sometimes do not want to be. In order to “put off that old man”, it is necessary to put on the grace of the new man: Jesus. ... You realize how difficult it is to put it into practice. As always.

           And “to work for the glory of God” is to discover at each moment who I am and what I should do and this is really complicated when we want to analyze and impose our thoughts on the one who makes the river flow.

         It is working and knowing that what I do is part of the work of a more important person who also takes care of me. And that is enough reason for my life not to lose its real meaning. Me and my work mean is an important part, but not the only one, of that web of life.

Reflection:

 ·       We know that “putting off the old man” is indeed difficult and can be done only when we beg for the grace, and allow the grace to work through us.   In what ways are we moving forward in this aspect? In what ways have we stagnated? And what are the areas in which we still need to grow?

 

 ·       And when I say I work for God’s greater glory, am I more conscious now that I am part of a beautiful whole, that I am only a part, even if I am an important part? Do I take time to look at the whole picture? Or am I centered on I, myself and mine?