Monday, April 7, 2014

Self Help Made Easy

The Catholic Gentleman has an article on How to Have Heaven on Earth - Advice from St.
Maximillian Kolbe.

Wow!  How to get a bit of heaven to come down to earth!  In my own life!  Wouldn't that be great!  Sign me up!  What do I have to do?

Here's all you have to do.  Here's all any person has to do (broken down into seven easy steps by Sam Guzman).  To bring a bit of Heaven to Earth, a man should ...

1) Go to confession with sincerity, diligence, a deep sorrow for his sins and a firm resolve to amend his life. He will suddenly feel a peace and happiness compared with which all the fleeting, unworthy pleasures of this world are really an odious torment.

2) Let everyone seek to come and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist with proper preparation.

3) Let him never permit his soul to remain in sin, but let him purify it immediately.

4) Let him do his duty manfully.

5) Let him address humble and frequent prayers to God’s throne, especially through the hands of the Immaculate Virgin.

6) Let him welcome his brethren with a charitable heart, bearing for God’s sake the sufferings and difficulties of life.

7) Let him do good to all, even his enemies, solely for the love of God and not in order to be praised or even thanked by men.

There's a bit more at the post, but of course the amazing thing is none of this is what you'd expect.  It's not big and mystical and noisy.  It's not sexy.  

Naturally, the indispensable role of God's grace in all of this is assumed by St. Max, but these suggestions seem so pedestrian, don't they?  They're simply the small daily acts and mortifications of a humble Christian.

And yet ... from such small temporal things, paradise itself is eternally born.

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