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12. Charity does not enjoy injustice, but favors truth (Part One)

“Only love is what goes above everything and leaves everything behind; so that those who love much, and not those who do much, will be more acceptable to the Lord.”

5/29/2018
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Charity does not enjoy the injustice that consists in denying the truth. In fact, before injustice, the selfish one enjoys when injustice discredits others and is to the disadvantage of a third party. He gets angry if it is against himself, but only because it is against himself and not because it is unjust. Love however does not enjoy injustice. It suffers from evil, but it does not go after those who commit it. Rather it feels the evil and then detests the injustice. Only the truth becomes the object of its joy. So love practically knows how to distinguish between true and false, between the unjust and the just. Truth is the highest form of justice, and therefore charity cannot disregard the truth and establish justice. True charity not only does not enjoy injustice, but it does its utmost for the full realization of justice and welcomes the truth. In fact, there is no justice without the truth; whereas where there is injustice, there is deception and fraud.

In God, charity and truth are identified because in Him everything is love, everything is truth. Therefore every Christian, with their eyes fixed on God, must labor to harmonize charity and truth. The apostle Paul, in Eph 4:25, exhorts: “So from now on, there must be no more lies: You must speak the truth to one another, since we are all part of one another.” Lying is a sin not only against justice but also against charity. St. Peter also urges us to “never be spiteful, or deceitful, or hypocritical, or envious and critical of each other” (1 Pt 2:1). Jesus, the unparalleled Master, is even more convincing in making us desist from falsehood. First of all, He specifies that in order to be light, everything must come out of the truth (vol. VIII – September 3, 1908) and He affirms that He is Light - but what is light made of? What is the basis of it? It is truth. So He is Light because He is Truth. Therefore, in order for the soul to be light and to have light in all of her actions, everything must come from the truth. Wherever there is artifice, deception, and duplicity, there cannot be light – but darkness. Jesus stresses repeatedly how perverse pretense is (vol. XIII – November 22, 1921). He, in fact, affirms that the pain that most pierced Him in His Passion was the pretense of the Pharisees. They feigned justice, yet they were the most perverted, outside of every rule and in full disorder. And while they pretended to honor God, they were honoring themselves, their self-interest, and their own comfort. Therefore, light could not enter into them because their artificial ways closed the doors to it. Pretense was the key that, turned twice and locking them into death, obstinately blocked even a few glimmers of light, so much so that more light found idolatrous Pilate - because everything he did and said did not start from pretense – than the Pharisees themselves. Jesus therefore affirms that He feels more drawn to the most perverse, yet not fake, sinner than to those who are good but false.

The fake man, in the good that he apparently does and says, is incapable of giving light to others, having sealed the doors. He, therefore, acts as an incarnate devil who poisons souls. If it wasn’t for pretense and if everyone were to know each other for who they are, the root of evil would be removed from the face of the earth. Jesus laments much about the fact that creatures have destroyed every form of justice. He finds no justice in man who has counterfeited himself completely in his words, works, and steps.  Everything is deception, everything is fraud, everything is unjust and, penetrating into his heart, makes man a receptacle of vices (vol. II – August 10, 1899).

 

The daughter of justice is truth. Jesus adds that just as He is the eternal Truth and He does not deceive, nor can He deceive, in the same way, the soul who possesses justice makes truth shine in all of her actions. Therefore, since she knows by experience the true light of truth, if someone wants to deceive her, since that light which she feels within herself is missing, she immediately recognizes the deceit. And so it happens that with this light of truth, she deceives neither herself, nor her neighbor, nor can she be deceived.

The fruit produced by this justice and this truth is simplicity.  In fact, another quality of the Supreme Being is being simple, so much so that He penetrates everywhere: in Heaven, in the abysses, in good and even in evil, but without getting dirty.  On the contrary, He does not receive the slightest shadow. Thus the soul with justice and truth, gathering this beautiful fruit of simplicity, penetrates into Heaven. She enters into hearts to lead them to Him.  She penetrates into all that is good, and when finding herself with sinners and seeing the evil that they do, she does not get dirty because being simple, she immediately hurries off without receiving any harm. The simple soul is the admiration of angels and men. And again Jesus reiterates (vol. VII – September 16, 1906) that the naked, simple, and disinterested truth attracts souls, enamors them, and gives them heroism. The sheer truth, naked and simple, is the most powerful magnet to draw hearts and to dispose them to face any sacrifice for love of the truth and of the people who reveal this truth. Who disposed the martyrs to shed their blood? Truth. Who gave to many other Saints the strength to conduct a pure and unblemished life? Truth.

Jesus, sorrowful, notes how hard it is to find someone who would manifest this naked, simple and disinterested truth. Often in speaking and operating, something human and of interest is always nursed and the truth is manifested as covered or veiled. On the other hand, the more the soul (vol. III – January 1, 1900) humiliates herself and knows herself, the closer she draws to the truth and, finding herself in the truth, she tries to thrust herself along the path of virtues from which she sees herself very far away. And if she sees herself on the path of virtues, immediately she realizes how much there is left for her to do, because virtues have no end – they are infinite as God is infinite. So, being in the truth, the soul always tries to perfect herself, but she will never arrive at seeing herself perfect. And this serves her and it will make her work continuously, striving to perfect herself more, without wasting time in idleness. And Jesus, pleased with this work, keeps retouching her little by little in order to portray His likeness in her. In short, there is no charity if justice is injured and the truth denied. True charity is to risk being persecuted because of the truth, so that justice may emerge.

What Jesus says in the Diaries of Luisa is consoling (vol. VIII – July 1, 1907): as much as the truth is persecuted, one cannot help recognizing it as truth, and the time comes in which that same persecuted truth is recognized and loved. Against truth (vol. VI – January 16, 1906), there is no power. No one can resist the truth, nor can man say that it is not the truth. As evil and stupid as one might be, he cannot say that white is black and that black is white, that light is darkness and that darkness is light. Only one who loves the truth embraces it and puts it to work, while he who does not love it remains perturbed and tormented.

Tonia Abbattista
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