Monday, January 11, 2010

Some very important thoughts on indiscreet zeal...



"If exactitude be praiseworthy, severity is blamable."
.
"Remember that God, to punish those who have practised [this] indiscreet zeal, and to correct them, has often allowed them to fall into much graver faults than those which has scandalised them in others.
.
[Therefore] I command you never to speak of God, or of anything good, unless in a spirit of humility and meekness, in an amiable and gracious manner, with moderation and encouragement, and never with bitterness and severity, or in a way to wound and repel those who hear you, because, although you may only say what is in the Gospel and in the best books, I believe that in your present state of mind you might say it very badly and in such a way as only to do harm. Did not Satan make use of the words of Holy Scripture to tempt our Lord?
.
Truth is the proper relation of things. It is changed when pushed to extremes, or wrongly applied. Your peevish temper is like a smoked glass, which, if you do not take care will prevent you seeing things in their true light, or showing them to others. Keep always on your guard against this fatal influence, and feed your mind on thoughts and feelings that are contrary to those inspired by temper. Entertain yourself and others with conversations on the infinite goodness of God, and on the confidence we ought to have in Him.
.
Compel yourself to offer an example in your whole conduct, of a virtue that has no bounds, and which imposes no restraint on others. If you have nothing kind to say keep silent, and leave the care of deciding to others. They can avoid better than you too much laxness, and will be exact without being severe. If exactitude be praiseworthy, severity is blamable, it does nothing but revolt people instead of convincing them, and embitter their souls instead of gaining them. As much as true meekness, with the help of God, has power to repel evil and to win to good, so much has an excessive harshness power to make goodness difficult and evil incurable. The first is edifying, the latter, destructive." - Letter XI, Intemperate Zeal, De Cassaude, Letters

15 comments:

  1. Why does love convert?

    Has anyone thought about that before?

    Because I've changed more through love than threats....

    ReplyDelete
  2. Maria2:51 PM

    Because he told us so...Cor 13:1"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal".

    ReplyDelete
  3. Anna fail three...:(

    ReplyDelete
  4. Yes!! (May the Good God grant that I heed the words)

    I love de Cassaude....he should be canonized.

    ReplyDelete
  5. While we are on the subject, do you not love Belinda?

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think not Larry - you are an example of good zeal - you are very charitable and thoughtful.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Maria1:19 PM

    Uh oh. I have been reading that eveyone failed. Are you saying that you failed at charity? Did you hear me being critical? It took me a while--I kept thinking what do they mean? Are they responding to my post because they think I was judging. I really wasn't. 13:1 just came into my mind. I fail at charity every single day. I am so sorry if anyone thought I was judging. Oh dear. Have been unemployed for four months. I think I have too much time on my hands. Please forgive me if I have offended anyone.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Dear maria - you offended no one. Your comments are excellent, thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Maria1:43 PM

    Dear Terry: Thanks so much. I have had some rathy awful encounters at a site that shall remain nameless for the sake of charity. I rhink I am a little overly sensitive. Like I said, unemployed with too much time on my hands. Be well.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Terry - thanks. I'm not going to think that highly of myself though. One can never show too much charity.

    ReplyDelete

Anonymous comments will no longer be accepted.
Please comment with charity and avoid ad hominem attacks. I exercise the right to delete comments I find inappropriate. Be sure and double check if your comment posted after you do the verification deal - sometimes it doesn't print if you made an error.