|Acedia. To which I say, "Hey, buddy, you're sittin' on top of the world! Why so glum?"|
Joe Grabowski sends this along ...
Facing temptations in prayer (from the CCC)2732: The most common yet most hidden temptation is our lack of faith. It expresses itself less by declared incredulity than by our actual preferences. When we begin to pray, a thousand labors or cares thought to be urgent vie for priority; once again, it is the moment of truth for the heart: what is its real love? Sometimes we turn to the Lord as a last resort, but do we really believe he is? Sometimes we enlist the Lord as an ally, but our heart remains presumptuous. In each case, our lack of faith reveals that we do not yet share in the disposition of a humble heart: "Apart from me, you can do nothing."2733: Another temptation, to which presumption opens the gate, is acedia. The spiritual writers understand by this a form of depression due to lax ascetical practice, decreasing vigilance, carelessness of heart. "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."21 The greater the height, the harder the fall. Painful as discouragement is, it is the reverse of presumption. The humble are not surprised by their distress; it leads them to trust more, to hold fast in constancy.
In both cases, we place too much emphasis on our own efforts. Either we believe our efforts will win the day with or without God, or we believe our efforts will never get us anywhere, assuming our efforts are always without God. Either way, we see our role in this as bigger than it is.
Guess what? This applies to acting. And it applies to Papal Alarmists who think that Pope Francis and his cronies are undermining the Church.
Here's a discussion I'm having with fellow actors on Facebook ...
The Papal Alarmists tend to fall into the same trap. "No matter what we do, it's never enough." We pray countless novenas and along comes Pope Francis and torpedoes the Church. This belies a lack of faith.
God is bigger than any Pope, bigger than any effort of ours, bigger than any thing we can think of. His grace will bear fruit, and in humility He allows our efforts to communicate His grace and bear His fruit.
Pope Francis is a great pope, but even if he were a miserable one, the Church would survive him, perhaps even be strengthened and encouraged in spite of him.
In a similar way, we may be great actors or we may be lousy actors. But if we keep plugging away, our miserable efforts will be blessed by His enormous Spirit.