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The first letter of St. John: God is Love, Truth and Holiness

“My daughter, My Divine Will generates and gives birth to light, It generates and gives birth to other lives similar to Itself, It generates and gives birth to sanctity and beauty.”

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In the First Letter of John, even before the theme of Love (see previous articles), the theme of truth is proposed to us. In the definition of God as Light (1:5), which precedes that of God as Love (4:8,16), we discover that God is the Light of truth and the Light of holiness.

Light of Truth: God knows Himself.  These three words make us understand that God's perfect knowledge of Himself constitutes Himself as Father (knower), as Son (known, image in which the Father is fully reflected, Word with which the Father says and reveals Himself totally) and as Spirit (knowledge, intelligence, science, infinite wisdom). God, knowing Himself, knows the supreme Truth, lives in the living Truth, becoming the dynamic and creative Trinity.

Light of Holiness: divine truth has not only a cognitive value, but it has above all a moral value: it means truthfulness, sincerity, honesty, faithfulness, justice and holiness. God is light because He knows and speaks the Truth about Himself, pronouncing the eternal Word in the truth of the Spirit; God is light because He speaks the Truth with perfect Charity: the Truth makes His Charity true and glorious, Charity makes His Truth holy and lovable

To complete our contemplation of the Trinitarian life we must integrate the teaching of John's letter with that of his Gospel: in addition to mutual knowledge and love there is glorification in God. God glorifies Himself (Jn 12:28): these are three more words that crown God's activity within. The Father is the glorifier, the Spirit is glory (Jn 17:5, 22), and the Son is the glorified  (Jn 8:54; 17:1).

In turn, the Son glorifies the Father with a glory worthy of Him. God, then, knows Himself as perfect Truth, He loves Himself as infinite Goodness, and glorifies Himself as Beauty and eternal Strength. Although these qualities belong to all Three Divine Persons, we attribute Truth to the Son (wisdom of God), Goodness to the Holy Spirit (love poured into our hearts), Beauty and Strength to the Father of glory (Rom 6:4; Eph 1:17).

God the Trinity works dynamically toward us: we are created and saved by the Father through the Son (Jn 1:3; 3:17; Rom 5:9; Col 1:16) in the power of the Holy Spirit. We too must relate to God in a dynamic way: giving thanks and glory to the Father through Christ in the communion and joy of the Spirit (Col 3:17). Therefore, insofar as we are sanctified by the Spirit of the Father and transfigured in the image of the Son, we too enter as true children into the dynamic of divine life. This is eternal life! This is the happiness we must not lose!

Practically, the believing community is called to reflect the characteristics of Unity and the divine Trinity: knowledge is realized through catechesis that is heard and proclaimed, love through commitment in the service that is received and offered, glorification in prayer and liturgy. All of this must contribute to the building of ecclesial unity in communion and peace, albeit in pluralism and collaboration.

However, we must say one more very important thing: for God, being Truth, Love and infinite Glory is very demanding. In other words (we express ourselves in a human way): He must pay a very high price. God knows everything, but He also offers Himself to the knowledge of all: in Him there is perfect transparency, He has no hidden corner reserved for Him alone. God loves by giving all of Himself: He expropriates Himself totally, keeping nothing for Himself.

God deserves the greatest glory, yet He does not put Himself at the center of everything, but seeks only the benefit of others-He is infinite humility. This is why God revealed Himself in Christ as poor, obedient, chaste, patient, weak, meek and humble of heart. Precisely because everything in God is challenging; in the Gloria we say, " we give thanks to you for your great glory." It would not be necessary to thank God for His glory, if it did not cost Him anything and if it could not become our glory too, as a sign of His incredible humility.

For God is glorious. He is humble and therefore He is glorious, He is rich because He is generous. He is generous and therefore He is rich, He is strong because He is condescending, He is condescending and therefore He is strong. For these reasons, the way of God is only that of the cross. The cross was the way of Christ and must also become the way of the Christian.  Therefore, we who venture on the paths of true knowledge of God in order to be able to love Him with all our heart, should prepare ourselves to suffer much for the sake of His holy name. But at the same time let us prepare ourselves to taste a spiritual delight at the bottom of the bitter cup, which the world cannot even imagine.

In the passage of March 17, 1929, Jesus tells Luisa that what He has manifested about His adorable Will are divine births. In these births, the Divine Will generates and gives birth to light, It generates and gives birth to other lives similar to Itself, It generates and gives birth to sanctity and beauty. The first generation is formed within God’s womb, and then the innumerable births from Him come out. When God wants to put out a truth, first He generates it in His womb as a dear child of His, and then He puts it out as a birth from Him, so that it may descend down below, to creatures, and may give to one who receives it the freedom to let her generate, that she may produce more births, and therefore creatures may have His dear child, generated in His womb.

So, God’s truths descend from Heaven in order to generate in the hearts, and to form the long generation of the divine births coming from Him. Each truth Jesus has manifested about His Divine Will was a child generated in His paternal womb, such that, as He puts it out, it brought Luisa the child of His light, the child of His beauty, of His sanctity and of His love. And if the grace was given to Luisa to put them out, it was because they found in her the space and the freedom to be able to generate, in such a way that, unable to contain within herself the so many births of the children of divine truths, Luisa puts them out, in those who had the good of listening to her. Therefore, it can be said that one who does not take these truths into consideration, does not esteem them, appreciate them and love them, is a child of God who does not appreciate and love the greatest thing that exists in Heaven and on earth; and by not loving it and esteeming it, they come to suffocate these children of God and to prevent their generation. There is no greater evil than this: not to use all the care in keeping a divine truth  - as the greatest of treasures, because it is God’s child, it is the bearer of His life upon earth. A divine truth  contains the Power of the Divine Fiat - and so very vast, and it has the power to save an entire world. More so, since each truth possesses a distinct good to be given to creatures, as well as a glory for the One who generated it; and to hinder the good and the glory which the dear births from God should give Him is the greatest of crimes.

This is why Jesus gave Luisa so much grace, He administered to her the words, He directed her hand while she was writing – so that the children of His truths might not be suffocated and as though buried in her soul. And so that Luisa might not omit anything, Jesus placed Himself near her, he held her in her arms, like a tender mother holds her little daughter, and now Jesus attracted her with promises, now He corrected her, now He reproached her severely when He saw her reluctant to write the truths which He had manifested to her; because He had the interest that they were lives and children of His, and that, if not today, tomorrow they would come out to the light.

Every time Jesus set Himself to speak what pertained to the Divine Fiat, the ardor of His love was so great, that He felt He was renewing the act of the whole Creation, especially when, in the ardor of His love, man was created.


don Marco
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