The Inner Struggle

Boundless Hope …

“An Taiseirl (The Resurection)”, Noirin Ni Riain and The Monks Of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, (1996)

Our hope in God can never be exaggerated because it stems from God’s mercy which is infinite. If we sincerely try to do everything we can to please God we should not doubt or fear that our hope in Him can be too great.

Detach oneself from reliance in our own power, our own plans; detach oneself from every created thing and throw ourselves entirely into the arms of God, trusting totally in His infinite mercy and goodness. We are essentially powerless and any belief otherwise is just another manifestation of pride and self worship. Without Him we can do nothing.

Trust entirely in God’s power.  His power and desire for our good exceed our greatest hopes infinitely. As John of The Cross says, “The more the soul hopes, the more it attains.”  The more wretched and powerless we find ourselves,  when The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, / Gang aft agley,” (from “To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough” by Robert Burns), the more we should hope in God.

We cannot, and should not, expect to reach sanctity under our own steam and by our own effort; our own work is worthless without trust in God. But we should hope to reach sanctity through the omnipotent strength of Him who loves to bend over souls as a parent bends over a stumbling child, aware of their frailty, who loves, in the words of the Blessed Virgin, “to exalt the humble and to fill the hungry with good things“.

The sure knowledge of our weakness and powerlessness, as evidenced daily in all the frustrations, unrealized dreams, unexpected trials, and the plentiful vicissitudes of inter-personal relationships where we interact with everyone else’s plans, hopes, and dreams, should make us constantly aware of our need for God, God’s guidance, and God’s omnipotence. Our plans and our hopes in ourselves are simply temporal evidence of our attachment to ourselves, our self love and self worship.

“A soul that endeavors to apply itself with all the strength of its will to the practice of the virtues and the fulfillment of every duty, a soul that is determined to refuse nothing to Our Lord, should strive to maintain itself in an attitude of total trust in Him, in spite of inevitable falls. Yes, we should have complete confidence that God will come to sanctify us, regardless of our past faults, our present miseries, the aridity of our soul, the repugnance of nature, or the state of weariness and depression in which we may find ourselves.” fromDivine Intimacy“, by Fr. Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. , Copyright 1953 Monastero S. Guiseppe – Carmelitane Scalze, (Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Rome), 2014 edition. day 249, Boundless Hope, pp 723 first paragraph.

I can’t say enough good aboutDivine Intimacy“,  it is available at Baronius Press https://www.baroniuspress.com/book.php?wid=56&bid=48#tab=tab-1. Read it daily. Save your soul.

Perhaps even save your life. This fasting diet which I have been following since January of this year has its roots in my decision to fast for spiritual reasons prompted and spurred on by this book. Who can say how God works in one’s life and how he makes his will known in the lives of his people. But it is for sure dead certain that listening to and accepting and following the guidance, the guidelines, of human authorities with all the attendant self interest and corruption leads to certain death.

And while it is true that everyone dies, it is very much up to each one of us how we die, and why we die, and whether we die in our soul or only in our body.

Cheers

Joe

 

empty oneself of every trace of belief in one’s “goodness”

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Pen as Sword - Social Commentary

Peace of Mind … part trois

Casting Crowns, House of Their Dreams,

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Three universal aspects of human nature upon which so much is built, including the entire information technology industry. Just witness the massive duplicitous push by Microsoft to force users to adopt Windows 10. It beautifully illustrates FUD on both sides of the transaction. Where oh where is my miraculous woodpecker which will bring the entire edifice of FUD crashing down on the heads of the multitudes of con men and legions of quivering innocent ignoramuses? I have a bad case of Sampson Syndrome in which I feel like pulling the whole temple down on us all.  Good thing I can’t act on that feeling. In fact, it’s a damned good thing I have no power at all to make any of the changes I think are needed because I lack God’s mercy and God’s long view (as do we all).

So we loose our peace of mind, not necessarily because pain and fear affect us personally but because of the behaviour of individuals or groups who hurt us or preoccupy us. We are unsettled by something that is not directly ours, but which we are concerned about. often it is simply getting irritated when one close to us behaves in a manner unacceptable to us, in a way we feel they should not behave.

The only way to peace from there is to want and desire things which are good in and of themselves, that is, they are intrinsically good, and perhaps even more importantly, to want them in a good way, to pay attention to both what we want and how we want it.

Fanfare For The Common Man

FLASH!  My construction crew has arrived.

Today I feel a little like how I imagine the guys holding an outpost alone for 6 years on the frontier feel when the cavalry finally show up and take over the heavy lifting. I stand relieved, thankfully, and just a little anxious.  Once again things might get spotty over the next 6 weeks, or maybe I will have more time than I ever had before, hard to tell at this point. I hope the latter is how it works. And, God willing, in six more weeks I can throw away my multi-page to do list because everything will be done. Now all I have to do is come up with the money to pay for it all.Oh well, no one ever said it would be all roses.

But right now there are a bunch of little things to get wrapped up and out of the way so the crew can get rolling.

Cheers

Joe

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“When going to a Party with wine, women, and song. Always ascertain the vintage of the first two.”

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