Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Thought

“The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain.”  St. Padre Pio, 19th century saint

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”  Ezekiel 36:26

The Lord willing, nothing will ever be fully settled until we are gone from this earth.  This is to say, it is a dangerous time for Christians who come to believe there is nothing more to know, nothing more to gain, nothing more to grow from.  This is the time when we believe ourselves to be equal with The Lord, and we stop listening.  The danger in such a state of mind is that we are more inclined to pronounce judgment than to offer mercy.

The Lord promises His people that He will do a great work in those who are willing to be worked on and worked through, but this is the key: our willingness to be continually formed and shaped and molded, our willingness to give freely to the Church of ourselves, our talents, our prayers, and our treasures to ensure that the Gospel is perpetually proclaimed.  That we don’t “have to” (as in trying to ‘earn’ mercy) is not nearly to the point; that we are so willing is only the beginning of what the “heart of flesh” can produce – while the “heart of stone” is already set and the mind closed.

Let us break free from that cast and stone-cold heart and learn to take The Lord at His Word; that His gifts are freely given each day we are willing to receive.  Nothing is settled for us even though The Lord has done His great thing in “tearing open the veil”.  You and I, however, must be willing to go in.



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