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UNIVERSALIS: St Bonaventure: With you is the source of life
You who have been redeemed, consider who it is who hangs on the cross for you, whose death gives life to the dead, whose passing is mourned by heaven and earth, while even the hard stones are split. Consider how great he is; consider what he is.
In order that the Church might be formed from the side of Christ as he slept on the cross, in order that the word of scripture might be fulfilled – ‘They shall look on him whom they have pierced’ – God’s providence decreed that one of the soldiers should open his sacred side with a spear, so that blood with water might flow out to pay the price of our salvation. This blood, which flowed from its source in the secret recesses of his heart, gave the sacraments of the Church power to confer the life of grace, and for those who already live in Christ was a draught of living water welling up to eternal life.
Arise, then, bride of Christ,
be like the dove that nests in the rock-face at the mouth of a cavern,
and there, like a sparrow which finds its home, do not cease to keep
vigil; there, like a turtle-dove, hide the fledglings of your chaste
love; place your lips there to draw water from the wells of your
Saviour. For this is the spring flowing from the middle of paradise; it
divides and becomes four rivers, then spreads through all devout
hearts, and waters the whole world and makes it fruitful.
Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 14- "On that clamorous mistress, the stomach"6. He who fondles a lion often tames it, but he who coddles the body makes it still wilder.
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