A Faith Strong and Vigilant
My soul, you may object, “These assertions seem true, but we see created goods with our eyes, touch them with our hands, taste them with our mouth, possess them physically, and enjoy them. We do not see God, touch him, taste him, possess him; we can barely apprehend him in thought as a faraway object. So it is no wonder if created things touch us more than God.” But, my soul, if your faith is strong and vigilant, you cannot deny that after this life, which flits away like a shadow, if you remain firm in faith, hope and love, you will see God clearly and truly as he is in himself and you will possess him and enjoy him far better and more intimately than you now enjoy created things.
Hear the Lord himself, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). Hear the Apostle Paul “We see now through a mirror in an obscure manner, but then face to face” (1 Cor 13:12). Hear Saint John, “We shall be like to him, for we shall see him just as he is” (1 Jn 3:2). Moreover, how much of the world, I ask you, is yours? Certainly not the whole world nor a half nor a third nor a fourth, but barely a particle is yours and you will be forced to surrender it after a short time, whether you like it or not. But you will totally possess God in whom are all things, and you will possess him forever. For the saints and blessed “God will be all in all” (1 Cor 15:28) without any end. He will be your life, food, clothing, housing, honor, riches, delight, and all else.