Carthusian Graces


The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear satisfied with hearing. (Ecclesiastes 1:8)

Herod said, “John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see him. (Luke 9:9)

We find no full satisfaction for our eyes and our ears in this world. So we have to try to see Christ, the eternal Son of God.

Anyone know about the Carthusians? They live this. Live for God only. Live by faith only.

They don’t listen to the radio; they listen to the night crickets and the breeze through the leaves. They don’t watch tv. They watch the sky, the Cross, the tabernacle. They have no internet connection; they connect themselves with all humanity, living and dead, by the social network called the Sacred Liturgy of the Church.

They have never heard of Christine Blasey Ford or Brett Kavenaugh. Though we can be sure that the rule of law would collapse altogether if there were no Carthusians in this world, praying quietly in all the hidden corners where they live. There would be no justice at all, if the spiritual Carthusians were not praying constantly.

On the cross, Jesus Christ won the grace of conversion for every human being. What is the ‘grace of conversion’? Some ineffable interior touch from heaven that makes a human soul turn away from evil and live for God. We won’t understand the limitless divine love involved in this until we get to heaven. In the meantime, we know about it—we know about the hidden mystery of friendship between God and man—by faith in Christ crucified.

sacred-heart-crossIn June we learned about a man that former-Cardinal McCarrick had abused sexually while the man was a teenager. We have learned a lot more horrible things since then. But let’s focus for a moment just on that one man, whose name is Mike.

He had to live for decades watching the priest who abused him in the sacristy of St. Patrick’s cathedral. Watching him rise through the ranks of the Church. He had to watch that very priest serve as spokesman for the US Catholic Church during the sex-abuse scandal that occurred sixteen years ago.

Let’s just try to imagine the miraculous grace of conversion that heaven would have to send to help Mike. To help his spiritual vision penetrate through all this utterly unbelievable hypocrisy and corruption and still see Jesus Christ living, working, helping, and saving souls in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

Lord: Is there enough grace in heaven for this? Help us!

Well, we know there is enough grace in the infinite treasury of the good God. And we know that a true spiritual Carthusian can win a grace like that for another soul. A true spiritual Carthusian can win a grace like that for another soul every day, before breakfast. (Breakfast of bread and water.)

This is what brotherly love demands of us right now. To live and die winning graces like that, for people like Mike.


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