Monday, May 19, 2014
If you snub Conscience a few times she will cut your acquaintance.
“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune. ” ― C.G. Jung (Swiss Psychiatrist and psychotherapist)
Gospel Text: (JN 14:21-26)
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him,
“Master, then what happened that you will reveal yourself to us
and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit
whom the Father will send in my name -
he will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.”
Love has a shape and a character. It is like electricity, which has both positive and negative charges. If you love your wife you will never think of turning to another woman, even in your mind, and if you are tempted, the love for her ought to motivate you to discard it quickly and move even closer to her than you were before. If you love God, any temptation against him ought to move you closer to him.
In a time when moral relativism reigns, most Catholics cannot understand the concept of moral absolutes which the Ten Commandments teach us, which Christ himself lived.
No amount of justifying oneself before God will do in wiping away these sins, only repentance and seeking reconciliation with him in the Sacrament of Confession. One of the best places of forming the human heart in following the Ten Commandments is in the confessional. It is here that we encounter Christ's perfection, his justice, his truth, but especially his great mercy in uprooting sin eternally from our hearts.
This is what the Ten Commandments teach us. This is what our age rails against and is not willing to accept. This is what Jesus Christ has to teach the modern world.
May Our Lady, the holy Mother of God and our Mother, help us to live the commandments and turn perpetually away from what is evil.
Posted by Joe Reciniello at 6:28 AM