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The End for Which We Are Here and a Book Club Announcement

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The End for Which We Are Here

The Lord (Week 23 of 23)

A great white throne rises into view, and before the face of him who sits upon it “earth and heaven fled away” and there was no place found for them (Apoc. 20:11). It is the Judge. He summons the dead to life and judgment, and time comes to an end. The old passes; eternity is open. The new heaven and the new earth shine forth, and all that is God’s is united in the New Jerusalem.  — The Lord (Part 7, Chapter VIII, Paragraph 10)

This is the moment toward which everything moves and grows and shrinks and cowers waits and hopes and loves. All time, energy, mass, love, hate, good, evil, slave, free  – every thing and every one presses on toward the true end of all that is. Where will you stand when that moment arrives? At that moment which is the epitome of all moments…will you be prepared? Will your lantern shine bright? Or will the light wax dim from the dinge of the earth? Will you be left sans oil? Will the door be shut?

Guardini would encourage you to keep your lantern lit at all times. To persevere. For as he quotes Revelation, “And I saw a holy city…made ready for a bride adorned for her husband” (Apoc. 21:2), he continues,

“Now the splendor becomes all love. The whole of creation, ‘the bride,’ runs to meet Christ in joyful anticipation.” — p. 625

As we reach the conclusion of The Lord, by Romano Guardini, it seems fitting that we address the climax toward which Our Lord’s life and grace is directed. For everything He established and offered for us on earth – His legacy of ministry, His suffering example, humble death and glorious resurrection, Our Holy Mother Church – was intended to prepare His adopted children for that end.

More than all else, Christ seeks our union with Him:

“I do not pray for thee only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us…” (John 17:20-21)

Every page in this book has illustrated some element of Christ’s earthly life  in light of this final end – the purpose for which we were made and have our being – the moment when we may be united for all eternity in the New Jerusalem. As Guardini says, this book sought to put forth all that Christ was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.  He makes clear,

Origin and content of the Christian consciousness spring from one source only: the self-revelation of the living God as he himself addresses us. p. 627

This is it. The penultimate purpose of the Christian life – complete union with the One True God.

With that purpose in mind, for almost six years, through the amazing works we’ve shared in this book club, we have sought wisdom from the masters in hopes of drawing us all toward that perfect end for which each of us was created. We have read some spectacular works together, from Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli to The Lord by Romano Guardini, with dozens of other profoundly insightful books in between, including Journal of a Soul by St. John XXIII, The Four Cardinal Virtues by Joseph Pieper, Confessions by St. Augustine, Life of Christ by Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila, The Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis de Granada, Interior Freedom by Jacques Philippe, Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, and more.

Unfortunately, as every good thing has its time and purpose, the time for this book club has come to an end. For now. We pray you will continue to use our Book Club Archives as you read through any of the books we’ve read over the past several years. That’s been a wonderful perk of this book club – that the discussion is forever available. Readers never had to miss out because they couldn’t make the “book club meeting” at some appointed time. Instead, you could grab your cup of coffee, your book and check in at your convenience. That was my goal when I began this book club, and that is still true now, as all our discussions will continue to stand. At your service.

As for Sarah and me? We have cherished our time with you and will be ever grateful for all your insightful comments and support over the years. In addition to the time you spend seeking invaluable wisdom at SpiritualDirection.com, we hope you’ll continue to follow us as we pursue holiness in our vocations. Sarah and her many projects can be found at https://www.sarahreinhard.com. While family life continues to be my primary focus, I have an ongoing discussion about sacrifice at https://pelicansbreast.com and would love for you to join me there! Last but not least, if you are looking for a spiritual reading guide as you move forward and haven’t yet seen my book, How to Read Your Way to Heaven, please check it out! Not only are there fabulous reading lists, but there are specific, yet flexible assignments that will serve you for years to come.

May you and your family enjoy a blessed Advent and a joyful holiday season. Please remember to make time for spiritual reading amidst all the hustle and bustle!

As always,

HAPPY READING!!!:)

 

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the SpiritualDirection.com book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at pelicansbreast.com

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