“WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE WILL SAVE IT”

“Blessed are those who die in the Lord,” and at the very time grace has touched them and converted them to God. They will not accumulate the faults and errors which lie in wait on life’s road for those who have received the rude shock of conversion, those to whom is suddenly given the superhuman precept to live “as not living.” Was it not to the first Christians, all of whom were converts, that Saint Paul said: “Know ye not, that as many of us as were baptized unto Christ Jesus, we were baptized unto his death? We were buried therefore with him through this baptism unto death…”
Every Christian is essentially a “separated” being, separated from the world by the shroud of Christ’s death; but for the convert, it is by a sudden blow – which tears apart his bonds with himself and with others – that he is separated from the world! In one instant, at the hour of grace, all values have been moved about for him. And he becomes a strange being in the eyes of his neighbor whom he loves or tries to love “as himself” – but who does not love or understand him, and looks with a surprise not unmixed with distrust upon this bizarre inhabitant of a city infinitely removed from the roads known to this world. The world is without shame because it is animal but the Christian must bend his efforts to becoming a spiritual man. The world respects greatness of quantity and strength, the spiritual man must glorify God through humility and poverty.
Eternity has descended upon a soul devoted until then to passing time; it has struck it like lightning. The divine storm has laid waste our disorder, and charity has only begun to order within us our different loves.
The intention of the convert from then on hangs suspended to the immutable and eternal truth, perceived within the faith, and the convert must now put to rights all the objects in a house made topsy-turvy by the invasion of grace.      RAISSA MARITAIN.                                             Raissa Maritain (+1960) was born in Russia. She was a convert to Catholicism and the wife of philosopher Jacques Maritain,                     Magnificat Meditation on the Feast of Frances Xavier Cabrini, November 13, 2009