n man there are two
memories opposed to
the memory of the
the memory of
the hereditary lustful poison. The first, was left by God for the
consolation of man, fallen from his primeval and perfect Grace and
, from that virginity
of spirit which, except for Mary, was no longer a dowry among those
born of man. The second memory, was left by Satan in the heart of Adam
in those of his descendants, with his assault of the innocent virginity
of Adam in Eden.
Baptism annuls the stain but not the incitement. Grace infuses strength
to conquer the incitement but does not annul it. It remains like a
thorn to irritate the indelible scar of the Fault. Not the wound:
the scar. But if you are not
vigilant, the scar, if irritated and not treated with supernatural
becomes a wound again.
In every man there are then two opposed forces which fight in him from
birth till death and which constitute his test, his victory or his
defeat with regard to his supernatural destiny.
You [Maria] ask Me why God leaves this incitement even after the
restoration of Grace [in man]? Out of justice
. All in God is
justice. His every operation is justice and loving justice.
Has not God perhaps left the memory of Himself in the soul created by
Him? That memory which is a mysterious source of light which
the Light, though sensed in a different way by every living spirit, as
is demonstrated by the moral laws of the best [civilizations] and by
the more or
less vivid gleams of supernatural light in the various
revealed religions. Though these latter possess only fragmentary
notions, they already teach the existence of a Supreme Being and the
duty to live justly in order to
possess Him beyond life.
Thus similarly, besides this infinite goodness, God leaves [in you] the
the thorn of incitement. This keeps your pride at heel. If you felt
you were pure and perfect men, you would become Lucifers, believing
that you are equal to God. It keeps your good will vigilant. It makes
your love for God heroic. And, through the Father's compassion, it
your faults less grave in His Eyes. Because, if you did not have in
yourselves that incitement which agitates and bites your senses and
reason with the cunning of the ancient Serpent, who generates it, you
would not be judged "with mercy".
But much is forgiven you because much in yourselves is aroused not by
pure will, but by the imponderable forces of that incitement—which you
do not always succeed in repressing.
But do not afflict yourself, [Maria]. It, too, serves to give a crown
of glory. Because temptation is
it is not sin. Because temptation
conquered, is victory. Because enduring that secret thorn, without the
will consenting to its seductions, is heroic patience. But the Holy
Spirit will speak to you again about this in the Pauline Epistles.
Stay at peace. And endure. And offer [your sufferings] to save those
who do not know
how to endure the inherited allurements, without yielding [to them].
— NOTES —
(Edizioni Pisani /
Centro Editoriale Valtortiano
srl, Via Po 95, 03036 Isola del Liri (FR), Italia, 2006): 79-80.