Souls are like wax…
“Souls are like wax waiting for a seal. By themselves they have no special identity. Their destiny is to be softened and prepared in this life, by God’s will, to receive, at their death, the seal of their own degree of likeness to God in Christ.
And this is what it means, among other things, to be judged by Christ.
The wax that has melted in God’s will can easily receive the stamp of its identity, the truth of what it was meant to be. But the wax that is hard and dry and brittle and without love will not take the seal: for the hard seal, descending upon it, grinds it to powder.
Therefore if you spend your life trying to escape from the heat of the fire that is meant to soften and prepare you to become your true self, and if you try to keep your substance from melting in the fire (as if your true identity were to be hard wax) the seal will fall upon you at last and crush you. You will not be able to take your own true name and countenance, and you will be destroyed by the event that was meant to be your fulfillment.” – Thomas Merton, “New Seeds of Contemplation” p. 164.
May we find our identity in God. May we turn towards and be refined by the fire which softens us for the seal of our true names, and our true faces.
**Envelope and seal image source.