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The Conformity of a Devout Soul with its Crucified Lord June 8, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Interior Life, North Deanery, Society.

More gold from Vera Sapientia, Book III Chapter VI:

Hear, O son, when you are in trouble and grief of heart, then you are with Jesus upon the cross; and when you are consoled in devotion and rejoice in hymns and Divine canticles, ehn you arise with Jesus in newness of spirit, and, as it were, come forth from the sepulchre of sin, and singing joyfully, Alleluia!

But when you pray on bended knee for your sins, feeli internal sorrow and supplicate for them, then you knock violently at the gate of Heaven.  But when you neglect all earthly things, and meditate only on the heavenly, then you ascend with Jesus to Heaven, and are associated with the angels.

Be therefore meek, humble, and penitent, for God’s sake, on every occasion and in every trial that befalls you, and carry your cross patiently with Jesus, because every affliction of the flesh patiently borne is a medicine for the soul, a satisfaction for sins, and a hope of future happiness and glory.

And then a few thoughts on being poor, from Chapter VII:

Blessed is the poor who has God for his helper in every tribulation, his comfort in every anguish, his only hope and confidence in difficulties, and his crown of glory in the kingdom of eternal happiness.  Voluntary poverty is a precious virtue practised by Christ, the eternal rewardof which is with the angels in Heaven, where neither the theif can enter to steal it nor the robber to kill the possessor of it.

The rich of this world (ulp) are surrounded with many dangers and daily anxieties from which the servant of Christ is free, by the renunciation of all things in the world.  Great is the freedom of a faithful soul that has no property in anything on account of the Kingdom of God and the love of Jesus Christ, but possesses all in Christ, who became poor and afflicted for us………..

Oh good poverty, unless God had first assumed thee, thy severity would not be despised by all!  Blessed poverty of goods, which takes away the pride of eyes and the occasion of many sins! 

He is truly poor in spirit who does not take pride in any word or act, and who does not desire to be in a higher place, lest he should grievously fall.  Oh, great is the virtue of poverty!

This last bit makes me think.  Jesus said the poor would always be with us.  Of course, we are called to be as generous as possible in aiding the poor.  My family and I make many efforts in this regard. But at the same time, the Church has extolled poverty in material goods as a positive good in the attainment of a life of virtue, a taking up of the Cross to follow Christ through material deprivation.  Thinking on this, I have a hard time reconciling how many in the Church seem to want to reduce it to an global anti-poverty organization, and use the Church’s enormous clout to seek radical changes in governments and economies in order to redistribute wealth.  Efforts to aid the poor done privately have much merit, they garner much Grace.  But I am not convinced such efforts done under government fiat are healthy, spiritually or materially.

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