I say I’d find this worthy of posting, as many of us need to hear it, and above all many of us need to live it….
Blessed Mother said today, that she is praying for our conversion. Isn’t that perfect as we are coming to the Eve of Lent 2011. It is a time to put away the old and put on the new and defeat sin!
So I came across this reflection from one of the greatest mystics of the Church, St. Catherine of Sienna, and what the Father said to her about the sin of pride in self love.
Keep in mind dear friends it was just a couple of months ago the Word from Heaven was, “dear children, you are not humble yet…” (10/2/10) I think this world could definately be humbled a great deal…
God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna
“Self love destroys charity and affection towards the neighbor. Self love is the principal foundation of every evil. All scandal all hatred and cruelty and every sort of trouble proceeds from this pervers root of self love which has poisoned the entire world and weakened the mystical body of the holy Church and the universal body of the believers in the Christian religion.
Charity give life to all the virtues, because no virtue can be obtained without charity which is the pure love of God.
When the soul knows herself she finds humility and hatred of her own sensual passions. She learns the perverse law bound up in her members which fights against the spirit. By God’s grace she is lifted up out of darkness into the light of true knowledge.
But acting out in the same way by loving God, she in the same truth love and serves her neighbor. Love of God and love of neighbor are the same and one. (in other words you cannot say you love God, but hate your neighbor; you would be a hypocrite).
This proves that we possess God by grace in the soul if we love God and our neighbor and making prayers to God. This soul who loves God nevre ceases to serve the whole world…”
If you don’t know what to give up for Lent, lets try Pride first. Let us all defeat the pride in us…
“God opposes the proud, but bestows favor on the humble. So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time…” (1 Pt. 5:5-6)