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But the Pope… But the Bishops…. But liturgical abuse…. But the latest scandal….. But he… But she… But they….. But I……. But the__________. (enter complaint du jour here)

 

1 Corinthians, chapter 13

If I speak in human and angelic tongues* but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.aAnd if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.bIf I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.c

* Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,dit is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,eit does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.f

* Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.For we know partially and we prophesy partially,10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.11 When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12 At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.13* So faith, hope, love remain, these three;h but the greatest of these is love.

 

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Winning The Battle Over Scrupulosity


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“Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, tells him inwardly at the right moment: Do this; shun that. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. His dignity lies in observing this law, and by it he will be judged.” For each human person, our conscience — the core of our being — can be a place where we are “alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths” (16). Gaudium et Spes

When the soul is being convicted by the Holy Spirit, and each and every soul on earth will be, it is very helpful to the soul to simply plead guilty and throw ourselves on the Mercy of our Lord. That does not mean we go back to our sinful old selves but we must come to understand that our Lord has given us a grace to pull closer to Him and now is the best time to do so! The close a soul becomes to God in this exile, the more painful it becomes until the gift of understanding has blossomed. We are all guilty. When our guilt becomes overwhelming, we find ourselves much in the same state as St. Augustine of Hippo once was, rolling arround in our own sinful muck and filth, rather than simply seeking an area to climb out of it and clean ourselves off in through the Mercy of our Lord. His mercy is there for the soul to take advantage of and unless you accept it, there is no moving forward. The soul needs to seek a point in life to say, enough is enough and allow our Lord to love us to the fullest without our own “Ideas” of our sinful state standing in His way to do so.

Scrupulosity – in religious terminology, it can be defined as an uneasy and persistent concern that things might be sinful when in fact they are not.

Scrupulosity can also be a deep examination of conscious gone overboard.

For the scrupulous soul, life in exile can be considered personal hell. It is fighting and agonizing. But we need to remember, it is anything but hell. It is however, a purgatory in which the soul CAN and SHOULD fully take advantage of, to grow in humility, hope and love. In exile we are given by the Holy Spirit, consolations which bring joy to the soul, in which we must use in a way that HOPE grows. “Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls.” When given the consolations, if only for a second, they bring the soul closer to our Lord. In most cases, the soul returns to the state of inner hell not by over thinking, but by a trigger to the conscious by the subconscious of a former sin that may have been committed, most times by the actions of others. The soul forgets the words from its last confession “I absolve you of these sins and ALL your sins”. It’s not a “BAD thing” to place ones soul at a higher degree of obedience to God the that of our neighbors. Doing so, is exactly as our Lord did, BUT “Who is like God”? There is a danger that exists where the soul can be tempted to believe it is better than He. When we hold ourselves at a higher standard than our neighbor, we are completely admitting, I am sinful and need to keep myself in check, not by overlooking our neighbors sins, but rather admitting, I too am sinful. The key here is to not believe for a second that the standard to which we hold ourselves to, can ever be higher than that of Mama Mary. She was the only soul created “Full of Grace”. When we see our sinful neighbors in the light of Christ we need to understand first and foremost, I too have committed THAT sin in which they are guilty of. By doing so, we no longer see the speck in our neighbors eye. We just continue to pray for them, and us, with open eyes, not to fall back into the pit that we once were in, where nothing was visible. The soul in the state of scrupulously still suffers a “blindness” in regards to what is Right and Just, but also what is just how God created us as individually different. Overcoming it means to completely be detached from every object, every idea of our own and every ounce of self-righteousness action but understand every object can be used to pull souls closer to God as God is the creator of everything good.

We also have to understand the devil is real and WANTS to keep the soul in this state. Never give him a thing. Take His words to heart: “So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.” Give him nothing! Do not curse the darkness, but laugh at it. Everything belongs to God. All power is Gods and His alone. When the devil tries to make you think he is triggering and in control of all the events of your life, laugh at him, as we KNOW only God is powerful and the keeper of all souls and power over us. When the soul is in this state, it is as if it is being slowly sanded down over time, allowing the evil thoughts to take over. To the soul in this state, everything begins to become hopeless. I offer you this: EVERYTHING that happens to the soul in this life, is due to God’s will. All suffering we endure, endure it for our Lord. Even If your soul is as black as coal, which most of us are, take into account that every diamond, was once carbon, “Behold, I make all things new.” Rev 21:5.  In order for the diamond to be created, much pressure is needed for the state of the carbon to change into the beautiful gem. Does the pressure stop until it is created? No. Because it is not finished becoming what it was intended to be. This is where fortitude comes into play. You KNOW that everything your soul is going through, can not be stopped simply by saying, I quit. Falling back into the sinful state of living is not an option. BUT understanding you are NOT perfect and never will be complete until you are in our Lord arms allows the soul to take baby steps back to our Lord and the mercy He wants to share with you. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

In every scrupulous soul is a warrior for Christ battling the demons that fear Him. Take courage! Give in to our Lords mercy and grow in humility. Do not let your inner pride and vainglory of believing your not good enough ever take an inch of the soul our Lord created to be His love and His alone as you are feeding the demon in which our God commanded to eat dust and dust alone. Courage! Its okay to be fearful, but overcoming the fear and doing Gods will, is what we are called to do. Each and every one of us.

“God sustains every soul and dwells in it substantially, even though it be that of the greatest sinner in the world, and this union is natural. The supernatural union exists when God’s will and the soul’s will are in conformity. Therefore the soul rests transformed in God through love.” – St. John of the Cross

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The Suffering World


All the pain and suffering in this world is not caused by God but by a lack of belief in Him. Lack of trust in Him. Lack of faith in Him. Lack of love for Him.

He taught me this personally today. I spent most of today, after Mass, with friends who are not Catholic and most who downright do not believe in God. Every time I go into the world, I find myself withdrawn. I become very uncomfortable and spend most of the time, even surrounded by friends, in silent prayer. I’m with them in their homes, in body, but I’m not there. In every conversation, I find myself watching every word spoken, every gesture, every movement, looking for an opportune time to stand up for the faith or to stand up for our Lord. I see things from a point of view that comes from a place of security in our Lord. I am always on guard. There is no time for rest in the world. It’s a dark, miserable place and souls don’t even know they are there.

Since 1998 I have been surrounded by so many souls who do not believe in God, the pain has been unbearable at times. Some say they do, but continue to hurt Him by living as the world lives. I thought for the longest time God was mad at me and I was serving some sort of punishment. WRONG! Although I have cried many tears and suffered greatly for hurting our Lord through my sins, He is showing me how my total trust in Him, total LOVE for Him is SAVING me! His love is NEVER punishment. He is showing me how much He loves ME! How much he LOVES every soul! How much MERCY He has for EVERY soul on earth! Seriously! All the pain I have and it is DEEP hurting pain, utter anguish at times, is not caused by Him. Its caused by the souls around me who don’t know Him.

While pondering a conversation today with a friend I was with, that I had with earlier about her children and the reason they were not baptized, mind you, she brought up the topic, although surrounded by friends at a party, I walked by myself and came to stop under a tree. I looked up, feeling the pain of my surroundings and the gentle Voice came to my heart telling me exactly where my pain and suffering had been coming from this entire time. Its the lack of faith in God. Lack of belief in Him that is causing me all my pain. When I see the disregard for Him everywhere, it is like a thousand cuts to my soul. God isn’t doing this to me. The world is doing this to me. God is taking away my pain and replacing it with His love. I know this because the peace and tranquility when I am with Him can never be described in words. Its pure ecstasy and every time I suffer like this, He is with me to see me through. All the time!

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The Fall Of Rome



In every conflict we hear of there is a winner and a loser.

How often we hear today “Oh No! Our nation is heading exactly as Rome!” The Fall of Rome all over again!

How we forget, our Lord Jesus Christ was the One who conquered Rome and others….

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18

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All The King’s Horses


Nothing causes more fear and trembling to non believers then the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. So many times have they been blown out of proportion by Hollywood and writers that there is more human curiosity to them, rather then to Our King, Jesus Christ, who commands them. I to was one of those. In my youth I used to think how cool it was to be able to bring death and destruction to the world. How cool it would be to hold the world in pestilence and wows and all those who causes me harm or called me names. Not taking into account, that death and destruction in this world, has no limit. Imagine the same death and destruction caused to our enemies, will be issued to our family’s, friends, children, and every soul we love, whom we wish harm to. Then imagine being the footstool for all of them, for eternity. I in some strange way, wish every human being could go on a “Ride Along” with them to see how much pain it causes the soul to see such things. Just a simple note to make sure we all understand who’s death we are cheering about in regards to who our “Enemies” are in this time of man’s war. Yes, I am speaking of Osama Bin Laden. Every human being has a soul that was created by God. Treat them as such and pray for mercy, not justice. Yes they danced in the streets on 9/11, but that does not mean we have been given ANY right to also, least we become our enemy.

“But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”

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