Monday, September 12, 2011

Against indiscreet zeal.



"You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?" - Sunday's Gospel, Matthew 18:21-35
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Do not think that, because the virtues you have in mind do not shine in your neighbor, he will not be precious in God's sight for something of which you are not thinking. - Sayings of Light and Love, St. John of the Cross
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Among spiritual persons there are also those who fall into ...  spiritual anger.  Through a certain indiscreet zeal they become angry over the sins of others, they reprove these others, and sometimes even feel the impulse to do so angrily, which in fact they occasionally do, setting themselves up as lords of virtue.  All such conduct is contrary to spiritual meekness. - Dark Night, Chapter 5:2
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Art:  Illumination - Christ healing the leper.  It is perhaps beneficial for us to keep in mind that Our Lord was not put off by the leper's vile raiment and condition.

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How Francis embraced the leper.

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4 comments:

  1. thank you for this. It answers alot of questions

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  2. Asdf Asdfovich Asdfovski7:20 PM

    I'm not seeing a way to comment on the "You are greatly deceived... [Mark 12: 24]" post above, but thanks for that image it really made me laugh. I think the single thing that your blog lacks is more of those cat images. Keep up the good work.

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