Reflection 254: Divinization


Our calling in life can be described as a call to divinization.  What does this mean?  It means that God came to Earth and took on our human nature so as to draw us into His very life.  We are, in a sense, called to become God.  This idea of “divinization” was common among the early Church fathers such as Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Athanasius, Clement of Alexandria and St. Augustine.  It’s not that we are to become God in the sense that our nature becomes divine, this would be a heresy.  Rather, we are called to become God in the sense that we are to share in His divine life, becoming one with Him in perfect unity.  It would be as if God were an Ocean and we were a drop of water plunged into that Ocean.  Though the specific particles of the drop of water representing us remain that one drop, it is absorbed by the waters of the Ocean representing God.  Our union with Him must become so complete that God lives in us as we live in God (See Diary #1289).

Reflect upon your calling to become divinized.  This concept goes to the heart of our Christian vocation in that it expresses the powerful unity we are called to have with our merciful God.  He wants you to share in His life and to become one with Him in every way.  Though this may be hard to comprehend, you must accept it as your calling in faith.  Reflect upon this concept today and tell our Lord that you give yourself to Him so as to become one with Him and to share in His very life.

Lord, please come to me and divinize me in accord with Your perfect Will and abundant Mercy.  I thank You for calling me to such a glorious and high calling in life and I accept this invitation from You.  My life is Yours, dear Lord, transform me, consume me and do with me as You will.  Jesus, I trust in You.

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows
Traditionally prayed September 7–15

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