December 17, 2018

No, The Sinner is Not Deprived

It was revealed to St. Gertrude that whenever one assists at Mass with devotion, occupied with God … he is truly regarded by the Eternal Father with the tenderness merited by the Sacred Host which is offered to Him and becomes like to one who, coming out of a dark place into the midst of sunlight, finds himself suddenly surrounded by brightness.

Then the Saint made this inquiry of God: “Is not he who falls into sin deprived of this good, even as one who goes from light into darkness loses the favor of beholding the light?” The Lord replied: “No, for although the sinner hides My Divine light from him, still My goodness will not fail to leave him some ray to guide him to eternal life. This light will increase whenever he hears Mass with devotion or approaches the Sacraments.”

Source: McHugh, Joan Carter, My Daily Eucharist II, (Lake Forest, IL, Witness Ministries, 2004), entry for August 30, with an excerpt from The Revelations of St. Gertrude by Msgr. William J. Doheny, CSC.


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