"We would like to pay homage to all the brave mothers who dedicate themselves to their own family without reserve, who suffer in giving birth to their children and who are ready to make any effort, to face any sacrifice, in order to pass on to them the best of themselves...How hard they have to fight against difficulties and dangers!"
-Blessed John Paul II, 1994, homily for St. Gianna Beretta Molla's beatification
Friday, January 4, 2013
Horse or mule? Or other?
I heard the other day a lady say that they bought stuff..."because that is what we are to do." This is the human example of being an animal. Not this lady, but our habits in general. Animals follow instinct, everything is habit, everything is learned. They do not decide for themselves. But humans are different. We can go with the habits learned with fallen nature, or we can use our free will and choose to live as God would have us do. One is a prison, the other is freedom.
All of us are prey to our natural passions and habits of mind, but we do not have to live by them. As we get to know Christ, we learn that because of him we have all the help we need; for he is the Source for us to be able to receive his grace to conquer our passions and sinful habits. That is why He came! To save You! To save us from being less than human. Yes, being truly human is found in Christ, not in our fallen nature. (That is for another day.)
Have you ever noticed it is much easier to obsess over things that are not of God then to do right? It
takes a firm, determined act of the will to follow him one moment at a time. And to aim to let go of our passions.
From Psalm 32:
"I will instruct you and teach you
The way you should go;
I will give you counsel
With my eye upon you.
Be not like horse and mule, unintelligent,
Needing bridle and bit,
Else they will not approach you."
God wants us free to choose to approach him. Prayer is how we approach God. He does not force us like we would an animal. He wants us to come to him and trust that he is leading us so we can come to him and follow him. It is in silent listening, silent waiting, silent abandonment in prayer and daily duty that we begin to find him and know him. We begin to know there is more to our dignity then what we allow ourselves to believe. We do not have to live doing what everyone else does, rather true living comes from knowing God and living His will. This is Freedom!
Pray for us all to be able to know Christ, and then have the grace to Live Christ.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us women!