In the bible, freedom is the disciplining of desire so as to make the achievement of the Good first possible and then effortless.
I discovered a great scandal today. I found out that I who have so often burned with passion to make disciples of others am merely a tepid lover of Christ myself. I realised that although I have been touched by God’s love and have decided irrevocably to follow Him come what may, my heart is still more attracted to the empty idols my false self craves than to Jesus Christ crucified. I am the worst kind of Christian – one who accepts […]
It is a wonderful thing to fail; to come face to face with my impotence and my inability to excel in the spiritual life. It is a wonderful thing to desire God and then to find that perhaps I still do not love God with all my heart, and that I am powerless to make myself do so. It is a wonderful, wonderful thing to fall short and recognise I am who I am; to give myself permission to be imperfect, in […]
Stand firm, immovable in your resolve, doing your full share continually in the task the Lord has given you, since you know that in the Lord’s service you cannot labour in vain.
Why are you surprised when you meet resistance on the way to heaven? How else will you be trained so that you can have the endurance and strength to make the journey and bring others with you? If your heart is truly set on heaven, then welcome the trials that come your way for all things work unto good for those whose hearts are given to Christ. The more committed you are to Christ, the less you will complain or brood when […]
Solemnity of All Saints, 1 November 2013 How often have I proclaimed the Gospel to others with words, telling them that the Kingdom of God is like a pearl of great price which is worth selling everything for? Yet this proclamation of mine has no power to convert souls unless my life resonates with my words. I profess that I have encountered the crucified and risen Christ. I profess that I have encountered Him, that I love Him, and that I have […]