July 14, 2012
Today is Bastille Day in France, if I remember correctly from my French classes in college. It’s not a day I want to celebrate because I can’t help but think that an evil spirit was behind the French Revolution, and that it was the great event that signaled the de-Christianization of Europe. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity was as big a lie then as it is now. The words themselves sound noble, but they were just a slogan to control the masses. God had no place in it. OK, I’ll stop my rant on history and get to the real Sabbath Moments for this week.
Rain, rain, come again and often
We are in a withering drought here in southwest Missouri. I’ve been praying for rain nearly every day. This morning I awoke to thunder, but it seemed that only those northeast of us were being blessed with showers. As I was praying the Hour of Prime, it started to pour outside in accompaniment to these verses of Psalm 107:
For your kindness towers to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the skies.
In my mind’s eye I could see God winking.
This year we’ve been dealing with getting my husband’s heart issues under control. We had an appointment with his cardiologist Wednesday to discuss the MRI results from a couple of weeks ago. The original problem that brought us to the doctor was irregular and fast heartbeats. We solved that on our own with Ionic Fizz Magnesium Plus. The doctor was impressed because he was going to give hubby a prescription for magnesium and now he doesn’t have to. However, in the process of getting to the bottom of the heart issues, the MRI showed an enlarged aorta shortly past the root. The good doc said it could be congenital…or not. So we have more tests to take. In all we’ve been dealing with, though, I can see the hand of God in helping us get a really good, cheerful, experienced and competent doctor who is a good listener. And he doesn’t think we’re crazy for using natural remedies rather than prescription drugs whenever we can.
Purity of heart
I’ve been reading the TAN Classic: The Spiritual Combat (Tan Classics) by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli. This book was a favorite of St. Francis de Sales who recommended it to everyone under his spiritual direction.
It’s no secret that we are hammered by evil from all sides and even from within ourselves. Dom Lorenzo tells us:
The most effective remedy against evil is purity of heart. Everyone engaged in the spiritual combat must be armed with it, discarding the old man and putting on the new. The remedy is applied in this way. In everything that we undertake, pursue, or reject, we divest ourselves of all human considerations, and do only what is conformable to the will of God.…
…It is not within man’s power to realize the efficacy of this motive. The least action, no matter how insignificant, performed for His sake, greatly surpasses actions which, although of greater significance, are done for other motives.
These lines brought me back to the wonderful spiritual practices the good sisters taught us when I was very young: The Morning Offering, writing J.M.J. or A.M.D.G. at the top of our school papers and homework, and no doubt, stuff I’ve forgotten. Our intentions have to have a laser-like focus about them and a dogged persistence to live every moment of the day for God’s greater honor and glory. That’s exercising purity of heart which will bring us to heaven as Jesus promised in Mt. 5:8.
Pray for the grace to remember to make the Morning Offering every day the minute you wake up. I did after years of neglect and God granted this request. He will do it for anyone who asks.
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