“I have given to everyone [said Our Lord] a golden tube of such power that he may draw whatever he desires from the infinite depths of my divine heart.” This tube she understood to mean free will, through which a man may claim for his own every spiritual good, both heavenly and earthly. For example, if anyone ardently longs to be able to give God praise, thanksgiving, service and fidelity equal to that which any saint has given him, such a desire is as agreeable to the immense goodness of God as though it had been actually carried out. But this tube takes on its brilliant gold colour when a person thanks God for having given him a will of such nobility that with it he can gain infinitely more than the whole world could achieve with all its powers.

Then she perceived that the members of the community [her monastery], standing around the Lord, wer drawing draughts of divine grace for themselves according to the ability of each through the tube which had been given them. And the further away from the heart they drew, the more difficult it was for them to obtain what they wanted. And the closer they were trying to get to the heart of the Lord, the more easily, sweetly and abundantly they drew from it. Those who were close to the heart of the Lord and drew directly from it signify those who were always conformed and subdued to the will of God, desiring above all else that the most laudable will of God be fully perfected in their regard. And these touch the depths of the divine heart so efficaciously that, at the time predestined by the Lord, they shall surely receive in themselves the torrents of divine sweetness the more fully and sweetly, the more entirely they rely on his will. Those who try to draw graces from the head’s other members are those who desire to obtain, according to their own wishes, the gift of grace, or practice of virtue, which attracts them most. And they have the greater difficulty in striving for what they desire, the more they depend on their own will and the less they rely on Providence.

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