Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Catholic Church Alone. The One True Church of Christ. Part 208.

SIX VOLUMES IN ONE BY THE DISTINGUISHED EXPONENTS OF CATHOLICISM

REV. HENRY DODRIDGE, D. D. REV. HENRY EDWARD MANNING, D. D.REV. F. LEWIS, of Granada REV. STEPHEN KEENAN REV. BERNARD VAUGHAN, S. J. REV. THOMAS N. BURKE, O. P. 

The Prophet Isaiah, Cesare Fantetti

God gives almost the very same answer again to some other persons who had no better opinion of virtue than the former. Deceived by the same appearance, they laughed at those who were virtuous, and said to them, "Let your Lord be glorified, and we shall see it in your joy; " Isa. lxvi. 5. After these few words, the prophet, giving a large account of the torments prepared by God's justice for the wicked, immediately tells us what joys are laid up for the just. " Rejoice," says he, " with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: Rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her. That ye may suck, and be filled with the breasts of her consolations, that ye may milk out, and flow with delights from the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the Lord : Behold I will bring upon her as it were a river of peace, and as an overflowing torrent the glory of the gentiles, which you shall suck : you shall be carried at the breasts, and upon the knees they caress you. As one whom the mother caresseth, so will I comfort you, and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb, and the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants;" ch. lxvi. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. This is to signify, that as men, by the vast extent of the heavens, earth and sea, and by the brightness of the sun, moon and stars, judge of the omnipotence and the infinite beauty of God, the Author of these wondrous works, shall discover to the just the greatness of his power, riches and mercy, by those infinite favours he will bestow on them, and the joy they receive. So that, as he showed the world his severity and rigour toward the wicked, by the punishments he inflicted on Pharaoh, he will, in the same manner, show the greatness of his love to his elect, by the extraordinary favours he will confer on them. Happy the soul that shall receive favours from God in token of his infinite love! and unhappy those whose torments and sufferings shall manifest the rigour of his justice! For each of these attributes being infinite, what effects must such infinite causes produce!

I must further add, that if you shall think the way of virtue uneasy and melancholy, you may look into those words the divine wisdom utters of herself, as follows: "I walk in the ways of justice, in the midst of the paths of judgement, that I may enrich them that love me, and may fill their treasures;" Prov. viii. 20, 21. What are these riches but the riches of this heavenly wisdom, far more precious than are the riches of the world, and bestowed on the lovers of justice, which is the same we have hitherto called virtue ? For if her riches did not much better deserve the name, than all other riches, how could the Apostle have thanked God for the Corinthians being rich in spiritual things ? 1 Cor. i. 5. He calls them rich without any kind of limitation, whilst he styles others the rich of this world only.