Excerpt from Wings
Talk given by M. Nadine
    

“Let the weak man say, ‘I am a warrior!’”   (Joel 4:10)

We are being called, first of all into the contemplative experience, that experience of revelation, like Moses.  Moses was called.  He was summoned to this Fire of God, this Burning Bush.  What did he learn there?  He learned who God was, didn’t he?  God is a Person.  God wasn’t going to give His full identity: “I Am who Am” (Ex 3:14).  And watch now when Jesus comes along.  “I am the Way.  I am the Truth.  I am the Life” (Jn 14:6).  I am.  I am.  I am.  It’s amazing.  He’s telling them all the time He is God.  They didn’t pick it up though, did they?  But He’s saying it:  “I Am.”  Who is with us in this battle?  “I Am” is with us in this battle.  

Do you remember how timid Moses was - how humble - when he finally learned his mission?  This is where we learn our mission as well.  We must be ready to admit, “I can’t do it alone, God.  I’m not saying I won’t, but I’m saying I can’t.”  This is what Moses was saying.  Jesus said, “Without Me, you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5).  That is not a surprise to God.  Sometimes it is to us, because we are so used to doing things on our own.  But Jesus tells us, “Without Me, you can do nothing.”

This journey, our spiritual journey, from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18), or mansion to mansion, into transforming union, is what God is asking of us now.  We are going to have to have protection.  We are going to have to have reassurance that God is with us.  There are going to be the “nights” which John of the Cross talks about, those purifying nights, so that our self-will can go.  And when self-will finally goes, then that same Fire of the Spirit will burn sweetly within us.  It is then that He has formed us into prayer warriors.  We are going to obey Him and do just as He is asking us to do.  

We must be pupils in the school of sanctity, particularly with Our Lady and the Holy Spirit, before God will release us to do this work.  But the day will come when we will face satan demanding, “Let God’s people go” (Ex 8:1)!  That is what Moses said.  And Pharoah did it.  We, too, will being going to battle for God’s children – literally, setting the captives free (Lk 4:18).

“I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations”   (Is 42:6)