Tuesday, April 16, 2013


 Speculum Justitiae
Mirror of Justice

The various symbolic meanings of the mirror highlight: (1) purity of the soul, (2) self-knowledge and moral integrity, as well as (3) its ability to reflect reality.  Mary's soul is holy and pure.  She reflects the Sun of Justice, meaning God's perfection and holiness.  She is the mirror without blemish of God's majesty (Wisdom 7:6).  The Sun of Justice is reflected in the image of Mother and Child.  The angel with balance and sword, usually a symbol of justice, signifies God's perfection.  There is a second and oval mirror whose surface is tainted and marred.  In it, three shadowy silhouettes can be barely perceived, featuring Adam or sinful humanity between Good and Evil, that is Satan, beckoning and tempting, and the guardian angel watching over his protégé.  This mirror does not reflect light and perfection but darkness and sin, or at least the blurred human vision of God and eternity.
Thus Paul reminds us that "at present we see indistinctly as in a mirror, but then face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12).


Justice is something that is Gospel

The 'rule' of St Josephs  house is to bring about Gospel Justine in our house.

SEE BLOG sample
1.      A Trail period of 6 months work under the guidance of the Paraclete. Discernment prayer and contemplation are our primary work.
2.      Bring only luggage you can carry yourself!  
3.      [1]Our work is God’s will for us and it is the means He has given us to sanctify our souls. The work of the House is primarily to sanctify our own souls, secondly to prepare our minds for the work of ‘The Church’ Body of Christ.
4.      “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and the acceptable and the perfect will of God.”  (Romans 12:1-2)
5.      [2]What is our purpose in life? To praise reverence and serve God and to attain salvation.

[1] Fr Jim Norris personal diary pg 85
[2] Fr Jim Norris personal diary pg 14'