Archive for January 30, 2012

Why Do We?

Posted: January 30, 2012 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Why grief for those who adorn themselves not for worship of Him who created them? Why weep for those that have departed in bad faith or formation? Why be anxious for those who have hardened their hearts? Why mourn for those who are casuistic in faith, morals and practice? If they would but hear His Voice…..

Why? Because if we love Jesus, and are filled with His love then we too are constantly seeking out the one lost sheep, while the ninety nine are praying for it’s return.

Let us pray for the conversion of sinners and for one another that we may truly be one in communion. That we strive always to grow in holiness, faith, love and charity. We ask this through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.

No Measure To Faith

Posted: January 30, 2012 by CatholicJules in Meditations, Memory Book

In doing external acts we must use a certain measure of discretion.  The attitude of a religious man towards the acts by which he acknowledges God to be God, is quite different according as those acts are internal or external.  It is principally in the internal acts, the acts by which he believes, hopes and loves that man’s good consists and what makes man good in God’s sight.  Whence it is written, The kingdom of God is within you (Lk 17:21).  Man’s good and what makes man good in God’s sight does not, principally, consist in external acts.  The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, says Saint Paul (Rm 14:17)

Whence the internal acts are as the end, the thing, that is to say, which is sought for its own sake; the external acts, through which the body is shown as God’s creature, are but as means i.e. , things directed to and existing for the sake of the end.

Now when it is a question of seeking the end we do not measure our energy or resource, but the greater the end the better our endeavour.

When on the other hand, it is a question of things we only seek because of the end, we measure our energy according to the relation of the things to the end.  Thus a physician restores health as much as he possibly can.  He does not give as much medicine as he possibly can, but only just so much as he sees to be necessary for the attainment of health.

In a similar way man puts no measure to his faith, his hope, and charity, but the more he believes,hopes and loves, so much the better man he is.  That is why it is said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength (Dt 6:5).

But in the external actions, we must use discretion and make charity the measure of our use of them.

Saint Thomas Aquinas +1274