"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Imagine this post is about you.

Remember Lot's wife.*

I don't know most of the people who read my blog.

I don't know most of the people who comment.

And they don't know me.

So yeah, imagine this post is about you now.

I think our imagination is the culprit which occasions much of the combative attitudes we engage in online.
"What the devil can't do himself he does by using other people.  He takes up his position on the tongues and in the hearts of his servants and before their mind's eye.  He makes them see what doesn't exist.  So they conceive within their hearts all sorts of evil thoughts and resentments regarding their neighbors - often regarding those they most love." - S. Catherine of Siena, Magnificat meditation for today.
St. Catherine at the beheading of Niccolo di Tuldo

Take warning from the example of Lot's wife who, because she was disturbed at the destruction of Sodom, turned back to look at it. God punished her for this, and she was 'turned into a pillar of salt' (Genesis 19.26). This teaches you that it is the will of God, even if you were living among devils, you should so live as not to turn back in thought to consider what they are doing, but forget them utterly. You are to keep your soul wholly to God, and not to suffer the thought of this or that to disturb you. - John of the Cross


  1. +JMJ+

    I'm so vain I already thought this post was about me.

  2. It's always pretty much about me. What?

  3. It is kind of odd that we have conversations with people who may not exist. What?

    1. I know. That sometimes happens with those who use pseudonyms - especially when people you know use them. I have one or two like that at the moment.

  4. Would it not be great if we all used these blogs as a way to learn from each other how to live out our life in Christ. I am always trying to inform rather than understand. I am to interested in being right most of the time. But sometimes the spirit grabs my soul and it is always in quiet and humbleness. That is what I strive for !!!!

  5. The image of St Catherine and the quote from St John of the Cross are very powerful...thank you.
    Fr.John Mary


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