“Theologians distinguish between perfectio sustanstialis in the soul and perfectio simpliciter. They tell us that where there is no mortal sin, there is substantial perfection: there are grounds for a further perfection, and the soul is at least perfectly alive.

The other kind of perfection, considered simply as sanctity, is the plentitude to which earnest souls feel called to aspire. The Holy Eucharist ministers to each of these perfections: in the first instance, the soul is actively helped to keep itself in a state of grace; in the second, its horizons of love are enlarged.

If love is the “bond of perfection” and the Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of love, then Holy Communion not only draws together outward behaviour and inward motive but also raises perfectio substantialis toward perfectio simpliciter.”

Grace alone can bring God’s mysteries nearer to me, and until it explains God’s ways to me, my vision, even aided by the truths of revelation and the theology of the Church, is wretchedly incomplete.”

~Dom Hubert van Zeller

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6 thoughts on “aspiring

  1. WOW! Now those are words to start a week off with…powerful.

  2. Awsome. We have a friend/neighbor who is so anti-organized religion. Riddled with new-age nonsense which he sees as tolerant and open-minded. I want him to convert so badly I can taste it! It would be such a victory for God, as he is such a wonderfully gifted individual. But it must be God’s victory, and it requires God’s grace to accomplish.

    All I can do is pray and offer my communions for him, hoping that God will eventually find a chink in his armor…

    LOVE that summery crochet!

  3. Chrisitne on said:

    Well for someone who feels blue you have some pretty awesome colors going on.

    I will be back….(arnold)

    just takes me forever to figure stuff out.

    plus my kids have me wrapped around their
    little pinkies right now and I am at their mercy.

    pray for me

  4. Regan…visiting you is like finding a shady spot on a sunny day…what a beautiful quote and such lovely photos. Bless you, bless you…

  5. Chrisitne on said:

    I am BACK

    I have been gone because I really screwed up on my blog.
    but now I am back
    I will have more time in the fall
    miss ya

  6. What a deep quote. When I first read it a few days ago, I was just getting a terrible, summer cold. I couldn’t even attempt to comprehend it, my head was so foggy. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, I am still trying to grasp its magnitude. I could sit with it for days, weeks and months, I think.

    How are you? I hope you and your family are well …

    Blessings and hugs to you, Regan!

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