Fr. John J. Pasquini, Th.D.
Saint John of the Cross, arguably the Church’s greatest mystic, called Christians to be detached of all, not to run away from all, but to love all the way all is meant to be loved. He called Christians to be so united with God that every act of a Christian would be one in union with the will of God. To be so detached, so in love, so fulfilling of the will of God, one truly becomes God, not by nature, but by participation. As Saint John of the Cross says:
The soul will be clothed in God, in a new understanding of God…and in a new love of God in God, once the will is stripped of all the cravings and satisfactions of the old man. And God vests the soul with new knowledge when the other old ideas and images are cast aside. He causes all that is of the old man, the abilities of the natural being, to cease, and attires all the faculties with new supernatural abilities. As a result a man’s activities, once human, now become divine (Ascent I, 5,7).
A monastery in France had a WWII damaged corpus above the exit doors of the monastery. The corpus had no head, arms or legs. Many visitors to the monastery would often ask the monks: “Why this corpus? Why haven’t you repaired the corpus? Could we buy you a new corpus?” The monks would smile and would simply point to a plaque with the words of Saint Teresa of Avila which said:
Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.