Thursday, July 8, 2010

July 8 – Be Not Wise in Your Own Conceits

In all the “nun” books that make their way into the Abbey, “nun” have been found to indicate that a new postulant takes to the devoted life “like a duck to water.”

This makes quite good sense, really. If one enters the monastery in order to grow nearer to the Lord, this is an indication that distance has been evidenced! If one enters in order to find Christlikeness in community, the fullness of Christlikeness must not yet have been attained.

If one enters in order to live a life of undiluted worship and prayer, to the highest degree attainable, we know that undiluted worship and prayer have not been achieved.

We in Cor Unum know, too, that we may aspire to unbroken fellowship and “perfect” love . . . “Be thou perfect, even as my Father in heaven is perfect!” . . . is worth the climb!

When we live lives of pressing on, the conceit of wisdom is damped in the honesty of the search! The very trudge up the hill is an ever present reminder that we are not arrived.

Let us never, let us not ever, boast the hill! Rather, we sing with the saints of old, of the ages, really, “We’re marching to Zion . . . beautiful, beautiful Zion! We’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful City of God.”

"Like a Human to Pleasure"
photo by Kerry

1 comment:

  1. This is in keeping with one of the books I'm reading [I'm sort of trying to make up for all the time I don't read during the school year and I'm now reading several at once -- I feel positively Kerry] It is Deep Conversion Deep Prayer by Father Thomas Dubay, S.M. Today's chapter was "A Remarkable Resistance", and dealt with our ability to renounce BIG --or as a Catholic might term it, mortal -- sins but continue in petty sins such as gossiping, laziness, over-eating or vanity all our lives.

    As he puts it -- What we know has very little efect on how we life.


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