Sunday, January 25, 2015

Some Observations


  • Be grateful for temptations, for each temptation is an opportunity to resist, without anyone knowing that you’re tempted or resisting, and thereby is an opportunity to offer a great quiet sacrifice to God, which He knows and loves at that moment and for all time: quietly to resist a temptation is a very heightened form of prayer.  To resist a temptation is to enter into an immediate intimacy with God.  Yes, it hurts to resist, but the next time you're tempted, think of the great act of love you're offering your creator every time you do so.

  • Dissent has no place in Communion.  As St. Peter writes, "Finally, be ye all of one mind" (1 Pet. 3:8).  And as St. Paul writes, "for we have the mind of Christ" (1 Cor. 2:16).  We are unified if we share in His mind, disunited if we stubbornly persist in our own private schemes and Unrealities.

  • You cannot love without understanding.  Thus, our desire to feel a kind of sentimental "love" for God means very little if we do not, with our minds, seek to understand Him, to know Him ... to "have the mind of Christ".  The spiritual life includes the head and the heart.

  • By the same token, we should not blind ourselves to the flaws of those we love.  Since to love entails knowing and understanding, with the head and with the heart, we do not love well or wisely if we gloss over the reality of the person we love.  This can be hard, especially when we love people who are supremely self-centered and who don't love us back.

  • "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth," says St. Paul (Col. 3:2).  This implies that we have some control over our affections.  We might not be able to stir up affection or to quench it outright, but we can focus it.  This is called the Stewardship of Love.

  • "While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them." (John 12:36)  Why does Jesus shine this light and then hide Himself?  He did it for a worldly reason, which was to protect Himself from the mob.  But He also did it as a sign.  And the sign means this: sometimes the light is hidden, and we search for it in gloomy darkness.  Following the light is the thread that we cling to, to find our way out of the maze, away from the terrible Minotaur that threatens to engulf us.  How little we realize the importance of those hidden moments of following that hidden light - which includes resisting temptation in hidden ways (see above).


4 comments:

Timothy Jones said...

"Be grateful for temptations, for each temptation is an opportunity to resist, without anyone knowing that you’re tempted or resisting, and thereby is an opportunity to offer a great quiet sacrifice to God, which He knows and loves at that moment and for all time: quietly to resist a temptation is a very hightened form of prayer. To resist a temptation is to enter into an immediate intimacy with God. Yes, it hurts to resist, but the next time you're tempted, think of the great act of love you're offering your creator every time you do so."

This blessed me to read. Very insightful. Thanks.

The Troll said...

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Reading that was a blessing to me.

Anonymous said...

The first one really stood out for me, most encouraging. I'm gonna take it as personal advice, thank you Kevin.

D.

Kelley D. said...

Awesome stuff!