Chapter Seven reminds us that as important as a compelling argument can be, there is something — Someone — necessary to move me to surrender.
“It is the Holy Spirit, therefore, who instills the sentiment of divine sonship into the heart, who makes us feel (not just know!) that we are children of God. The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God (Rom 8:16). This fundamental work of the Holy Spirit sometimes takes places in a sudden and intense way in the life of a person … On the occasion of a retreat…or on the occasion of prayer for a new releasing of the Spirit the soul is filled with a new light in which God reveals himself in a way as Father. … A feeling of great trust and confidence and a completely new sense of the condescension of God are experienced. At other times, instead, this revelation of the Father is accompanied by such a strong feeling of God’s majesty and transcendence that the soul is overwhelmed.”
– Raniero Cantalamessa, Life in the Lordship of Christ
Created. Captured. Rescued. Response.
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