"This day, I trust, is noted for me in the Book of Life, and oh, that the blessings received, and the precious privileges I have enjoyed in it, may be the incitement to a faithful discharge, through divine grace, of every duty which my dear and gracious Master may give me to perform, and that it may make me His own in thought, word and deed forever, leading me to the Supreme Good, the blessing of losing myself and all things in Him." (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)
Did Elizabeth Ann Seton picture God with quill pen in hand, inscribing her name in a leather-bound tome, noting her days, her actions, her intentions? Do we think something similar when we read about the Book of Life? Imagine God with a "Who's Who of Saints and Sinners"!
What would such a book say about us? Which section would our name be written in? The thought may make us smile (or wince!), for we might suspect that we haven't quite made the Saints index yet. Is there hope for us?
Well, what good would our Christian faith be if we didn't believe that sinners could become Saints? St. Paul urges a companion to help two women in Philippi who are in disagreement, "for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life." (Philippians 4:3) Sounds like a lot of churches we all know - people working for God who struggle with one another. But it is exactly those people, who look to Christ and not themselves for their salvation, whose names are written next to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's.
The Book of Life is for all of us who endeavor to "lose ourselves and all things in Him." May our names be found hidden in Christ.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!