Sunday, March 2, 2014

Searching for and Maintaining Peace

So, after yesterday's post, I picked up Fr. Jacques Philippe's Searching for and Maintaining Peace and then, next thing I knew, I had finished it. So I guess my Lenten reading will just be St. Catherine's Dialogue.

There was one section that struck me in its radicalness though that I thought I would share. First let me explain that, when he says, "poverty," he doesn't mean living in squalor or having only one TV but rather our weaknesses and faults.

The behavior that is most perfect is not that which corresponds to the image that we sometimes form for ourselves of perfection, such as a comportment that is impeccable, infallible and spotless. Rather, it is one where there is the most disinterested love of God and the least prideful pursuit of oneself. One who accepts to be weak, small and who fails often, who accepts to be nothing in his own eyes or in the eyes of others, but who, without being excessively preoccupied with his situation, because he is animated by a great confidence in God and knows that his love is infinitely more important and counts ever so much more than his own imperfections and faults, this person loves more than one who pushes the preoccupation of his own perfection to the point of anxiety. 

Happy are the poor in spirit for the Kingdom of God is theirs. Happy are they, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, who have learned to no longer make drama of their poverty, but who accept it joyously because they put all their hope, not in themselves, but in God. God Himself will be their wealth, He will be their perfection, their sanctity, their virtues. Happy are those who know how to love their poverty, because it is a marvelous opportunity for God to manifest the immensity of His Love and His Mercy. We will be saints the day when our inabilities and our nothingness will no longer be for us a subject of sadness and anxiety, but a subject of peace and joy. 

I'm still a bit floored by that. Did you catch it? We are supposed to regret our sins but not linger on them. Rather, we should repent them and then rejoice because those same sins make known to us God's infinite Love and Mercy, such that our own failings and weaknesses should become a springboard for peace and joy.

This is a lovely tie in to today's readings as well.

We have a busy day ahead with the diocesan scout Mass followed by dinner and then an AHG meeting. The meetings aren't usually back to back but I think that is the consequence of the Superbowl and February being as short as it is. Hope you have a blessed Sunday and have enjoyed these 7 posts in 7 days, hosted by Jen at Conversion Diary! :)

I’m writing seven posts in seven days this week! To check out other bloggers who were crazy enough to get into this mess with me, see the list here.




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