How God Alone is our True End
CHRIST. My son, I must be your supreme and final End, if you desire true happiness. Fixed on Myself, your affection which too often is wrongly inclined to yourself and creatures, will be cleansed. For whenever you seek yourself, at once you become discouraged and desolate. Therefore, refer all things to Me, for it is I who have given all to you. Consider everything as springing from the supreme Good,(Ecclus.1:5) since to Myself, as their Source, must all things return.
From Myself, as from a living fountain, both small and great, rich and poor alike draw the water of life(John 4:14;Rev.21:6) and they who freely and willingly serve Me, shall receive grace upon grace. But whoever desires to glory in anything outside Me,(I Cor. 1:29) or to delight in some personal good thing, will not be established in true joy, nor uplifted in heart,(Ps. 119:32) but will be hindered and frustrated in countless ways. Therefore, ascribe no good to yourself, nor to any man, but ascribe all to God, without whom man has nothing. I have given all, and it is My will that all return to Me again; I shall require a grateful and exact account.
This, then, is the truth, by which vainglory is put to flight. And if heavenly grace and true charity enter in, there will be no envy or meanness of heart, nor will self-love retain possession. Divine charity overcomes everything,(I Cor.12:8) enlarging every power of the soul. If you are truly wise, you will rejoice and hope in Me alone; for none is good but God alone,(Luke 18:19) who is to be praised above all, and to be blessed in all.
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