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What Jesus Demands January 30, 2014

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Given all the error abounding in the Church and world today, perhaps it would be beneficial to have a reminder of what Jesus demands of us, as opposed to the new age hippy visions of Jesus as a mild stoner who just doesn’t want his mellow harshed.  Christ was the most demanding of all the great priest-prophets.  No one in the entire Bible spoke nearly so much of hell and damnation.  No one spoke of what it means to be faithful – to accept and practice the Truth He, Himself, revealed – as Our Blessed Lord did.

Therefore, from chapter 54 of Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, What Jesus Teaching Exacts:

In calling us to imitate the holiness of His Heavenly Father, Jesus summons us to an unrelenting war against sin, which is in direct opposition to God’s infinite perfection and is the greatest offense against Him. In all His teachings He tries toAt the foot fo the cross_statue inculcate in us a deep hatred of sin, especially of pride, hypocrisy, and obstinate willful malice, all of which constitutes a sate of complete opposition to God. Jesus, who shows such great mercy towards sinners…….He describes the ugliness of sin and its disastrous effect on man, lowering him to a state of complete moral degradation, such as that of the prodigal son who, because he had left his father’s house, was reduced to “feeding swine” (Lk 15:15).

“Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin” (Jn 8:34): a slave of sin cannot be a servant of God; hence, the words of the Master: “No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other” (Mt 6:24).

Jesus, our Savior, came to destroy sin by His death; it is precisely by His death that He shows us most clearly the terrible malice of sin. Sin is such a great enemy of God and has such a destructive The path that leads to life is narrow and difficult, but whatever it costs me there will I go.Turgis copypower that it brought about the death of the divine Master.

Only mortal sin is completely opposed to God; this opposition is so great that it separates the soul from God. however, every sin, even venial sin, and every fault and imperfection, is in opposition to God’s infinite holiness.

Our nature, wounded as a consequence of original sin, bears within itself the seed of sin, in the forms of evil tendencies or habits. If we desire to follow Jesus, who offers us the perfection of His heavenly Father as a norm for our life, we must engage in an intense struggle against sin in order to destroy its deepest roots and even its slightest traces in us. This is just what Jesus teaches us with the brief words: “Deny thyself.” We must deny “self” with all its imperfect habits and inclinations; and we must do so continually. Such a task is fatiguing and painful, but it is indispensable if we wish to attain sanctity. Jesus says: “How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life, and My Good Angel teach me to pray to Jesus my Saviourfew there are that find it!” (Mt 7:14). We approach the infinite perfection of God only in the measure in which  we take upon ourselves the work of complete self-denial. Hence, all the masters of the spiritual life insist so strongly on detachment and self-renunciation as the indispensable foundation of the spiritual life. St. John of the Cross offers a soul who is desirous of attaining union with God the harsh way of the “nothing.”

But, first and foremost, Jesus, the Divine Teacher, has pointed out to us the absolute necessity of passing through this way: “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself” (Mt 16:24).

[Now from St. Teresa of Jesus and The Way of Perfection]….From any sin, however slight, committed with full knowledge, may God deliver us, especially since we are sinning against so great a Sovereign and realizing that He is watching us! That seems to me a sin committed of malice aforethought: it Although it is costing me I shall succeed Letaille croppedis as though one were to say: ‘Lord, although this displeases You, I shall do it. I know that You see it and I know that You would not have me to do it; but, though I understand this, I would rather follow my own whim and desire than Your Will!”

With your help, O Jesus, I want to fight more strongly against sin and try to overcome all my evil tendencies, inclinations, and habits. This exacts constant self-denial, but with Your help, I am ready to begin. Of course, I shall have to give up my own desires, but I shall do so in order to please God; I shall have to say “No” to my evil nature, and prefer our heavenly Father’s will, His inspirations, and wishes. It will mean dying to myself in order to live by You, O Jesus!  Grant that I too may say with st. Paul, “I count all things but loss….and count them as dung, that I may gain Christ and may live in Him!” (Phil 3: 7-9).

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1. DiscipleoftheDumbOx - January 30, 2014

If we have done all that he commands, say to yourself ‘I am an unprofitable servant!’ – The Imitation of Christ

We should always do more for love of Christ!

2. Marguerite Elena - February 1, 2014

What is sorely needed today is a resurgence of fear of the Lord. Not the mealy definition of wonder and awe as taught in CCD, but a somber fear of his just judgments. Scripture defines fear of the Lord as hatred of sin. There is no fear of the Lord in society today and thus the glorification of all kinds of sins abound.


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