All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength (cf. Mk. 12,30), and love their neighbours as themselves (cf. Mt. 22,39) and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.
Oh, how happy and blessed are these men and women when they do these things and persevere in doing them, because “the spirit of the Lord will rest upon them” (cf. Is. 11,2) and he will make “his home and dwelling among them” (cf. Jn. 14,23), and they are the sons of the heavenly Father (cf. Mt. 5,45), whose works they do, and they are the spouses, brothers, and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Mt. 12,50).
We are spouses, when by the Holy Spirit the faithful soul is united with our Lord Jesus Christ, we are brothers to him when we fulfil “the will of the Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 12,50).
We are mothers, when we carry him in our heart and body (cf. 1 Cor. 6,20) through divine love and a pure and sincere conscience; we give birth to him through a holy life which must give light to others by example (cf. Mt. 5,15).
Oh, how glorious it is to have a great and Holy Father in heaven! Oh (how glorious it is) to have such a beautiful and admirable Spouse, the Holy Paraclete.
Oh, (how glorious it is) to have such a Brother and such a Son, loved, beloved, humble, peaceful, sweet, loveable, and desirable above all: Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave up his life for his sheep (cf. Jn. 10,15) and prayed to the Father saying:
“Oh holy Father, protect them with your name (cf. Jn. 17,11) whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours and you gave them to me (Jn. 17,6). I entrusted to them the message you entrusted to me and they received it. They have known that in truth I came from you, they have believed that it was you who sent me. For these I pray, not for the world (cf. Jn. 17,9). Bless and consecrate them, and I consecrate myself for their sakes. I do not pray for them alone; I pray also for those who will believe in me through their word (cf. Jn. 17,20) that they may be holy by being one as we are (cf. Jn. 17,11). And I desire, Father, to have them in my company where I am to see this glory of mine in your kingdom (cf. Jn. 17,24; Mt. 20,21).”
Concerning Those Who Do Not Do Penance
But all those men and women who are not doing penance and do not receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and live in vices and sin and yield to evil concupiscence and to the wicked desires of the flesh, and do not observe what they have promised to the Lord, and are slaves to the world, in their bodies, by carnal desires and the anxieties and cares of this life (cf. Jn. 8,41); slaves of the devil whose sons they are and whose works they do.
These are blind, because they do not see the true light, our Lord Jesus Christ; they do not have spiritual wisdom because they do not have the Son of God who is the true wisdom of the Father. Concerning them, it is said, “Their skill was swallowed up” (Ps. 107,27) and “cursed are those who turn away from your commands” (Ps. 119,21). They see and acknowledge, they know and do bad things and knowingly destroy their own souls.
See, you who are blind, deceived by your enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil, for it is pleasant to the body to commit sin and it is bitter to make it serve God because all vices and sins come out and “proceed from the heart of man” as the Lord says in the Gospel (cf. Mk. 7,21). And you have nothing in this world and in the next, and you thought you would possess the vanities of this world for a long time.