Living in the Two Hearts

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A Day By Day Entry…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 8, 2012

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Updated: Oct 9, 2012

Before I begin this post, I want to take a brief moment to talk about a sermon my parish priest made yesterday (Sunday) at Mass.  Because it ties DIRECTLY in with a new book that’s out that I HIGHLY recommend as a really GOOD READ!

My parish priest spoke about Chastity and Continence (a.k.a.Temperance – sound familiar?), and their vices of Lust and Gluttony, and how they play a key role in our society today with its “sexual confusion”.  How?  Let us review a little…

Lust – uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite

Gluttony – Overindulgence, usually in food and drink

But you can clearly see how the two go hand in hand.  Now, let us take a look at Chastity and Continence…

Chastity – Helps one guard his/her senses so that they will not cause him/her to sin; it helps one regard his/her own body and those of others as temple of the Holy Spirit.

Continence (aka Temperance) – Represses the passion … moderates the desire for pleasure and restrains the inordinate movements of our desires or appetites

Clearly one can see how diametrically these virtues are opposed to the vices, and why it is so important to hold on to the dignity of the human person by avoiding said vices and embracing said virtues.

My parish priest reminds us all that, as children of God – that is we are created by God in His own image – we have a dignity that is unparalleled to anything else created on earth.  Therefore we must do everything we can to preserve our dignity as created in the Likeness and Image of the Almighty.  We must avoid those things which destroys our dignity.

The very real and obvious destruction comes when we indulge in immodest dress.  Women in particular are the most vulnerable in this because it makes us an OBJECT and destroys our person-hood because we have attracted men’s attention to certain PARTS of our body.  We ARE NOT a PART or a collection of PARTS.  We are A PERSON, whole and dignified.  He reminds us ladies that it is our faces that should be noticed, and in particular our eyes, because that is where the PERSON resides.

When our dignity as PERSONS is ignored women fall victim to all sorts of undignified existences with sex trafficking, pornography, and the slave-trade that currently plagues our society at large.  Women go from being FREE PERSONS to SLAVES in one instance of immodest dress.  Even if women do not fall into the slave trade, we still become OBJECTS for men’s desire … AND WORST of all, we CAUSE a fellow Human Being to SIN – breaking instantly that second commandment of Christ:

You shall love your neighbor as yourself. ~Mt 22:39b

Men also, by immodest dress, become an OBJECT, though they are less likely to end up in the slave trade.  A man’s dignity as a PERSON does disintegrate when he wears clothing that clings, hangs too low, or goes without a shirt.  How many times do we see in movies and TV – and perhaps in real life too – women gawking and whistling at men who purposefully dress to become an OBJECT.  Men, do you feel loved, appreciated, dignified when that happens?  I’m inclined to think not…

The only way we can keep hold of our dignity as PERSONS, created in the Image and Likeness of God Almighty, is to turn away from the vices our society seems to embrace at every turn and INSTEAD EMBRACE the virtues that will restore our PERSON-HOOD and bring back into the LIGHT the DIGNITY of the HUMAN PERSON.

Mind you, his sermon went deeper into the subject.  But I didn’t take notes as I was the reader and would have looked conspicuous had I done so. 🙂 

But it does lead in nicely to a book I hinted about earlier.  It’s title,Love’s Enduring Gift“, and it’s topic is very much on the dignity of the human person.  I’m placing a direct link to Catherine’s site so you can check it out for yourself.  Her book embraces a lot of what his homily reflected on and gives a fantastic example of the practice of chastity and temperance in daily living.

“Determined is that day of JUSTICE, the day of divine wrath…”

Now on to the POST… A Day By Day Entry:

For the last two weeks I’ve reflected on the readings found within the 4 week psalter of the Christian Prayer, but they’ve always been the readings for the week past… Amazing how WELL they applied for the following week, I might add…

But this week, our Lord asked me to take it Day by Day.  So we begin with TODAY, Monday, October 8, 2012:

Christian Prayer: Week III, Monday, Morning Prayer: READING: James 2:12-17 (excerpt,emphasis and commentary added)

Always speak and act as men destined for judgment…

And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes judgment… ~Heb 9:27

“I gave the Savior to the world; as for you, you have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a Just Judge. Oh how terrible is that day!” ~Blessed Virgin to St. Faustina, Diary§635, excerpt

…destined for judgment under the Law of FREEDOM…

With freedom comes responsibility.  Our actions cause reactions.  We will be held accountable for our actions.

Merciless is the judgment on the man who had not shown mercy; but mercy triumphs over judgment…

How many times have I, and others, written and “shouted from the rooftops” calling humanity to return to God and His favor?  To call out for true REPENTANCE so that we may rely on His MERCY?  Does not God have every right to be angry with our DISOBEDIENCE ?  Will He not temper His Justice with Mercy if all would return to Him with a HUMBLE and CONTRITE heart?

My brothers [and sisters], what good is it to profess faith without practicing it? …

If all you do is talk, talk, talk, and you make no sincere effort at repentance in allowing God to work in your heart, then…

Such a faith has no power to save one, has it?  So it is with the faith that does nothing in practice.  It is thoroughly lifeless!

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” ~Mt 10:28

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: Blessed be the Lord our God, blessed from age to age.

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Tuesday, Morning Prayer, Week III: READING 1Jn 4:12-15 (emphasis added)

No one has ever seen God.  Yet, if we LOVE one another, God dwells in us, and His LOVE is brought to perfection in us.  The WAY WE KNOW WE REMAIN IN Him, and He in us, is that He has given us of His Spirit. 

We have seen for ourselves, and can testify, that the Father has sent the Son as SAVIOR of the World.  When anyone ACKNOWLEDGES that JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD, God dwells in him, and him in God.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: My God stands by me, all MY TRUST is in Him

It is in possessing this Spirit of God that we can TRULY do what He command us to do…

You shall LOVE the Lord your God with all your soul, with all your mind… You shall LOVE your neighbor as yourself.~Mt 20: 37b, 39b (emphasis added)

It is with this LIVING expression of LOVE that we can have a LOVE that is sincere and seeking TRUE repentance.  His MERCY shall flow even more!


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