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Wednesday, July 09, 2008
  Christ, The Man of Sorrows
Well did I get stick. I have had a couple of e-mails since the last post telling me of my heresies and how difficult it was to understand the blog. Let me explain my thoughts, yet not demanding you believe them. The depth of your beliefs depends very much upon your state of grace.

What are sorrows in the Eyes of God, who sees and knows all things? There could be many different types or varieties, but let us look at Christ in the instance of His Passion and suffering. We know that sins could not enter His Soul. Not that He was different man than us in this case, other than being what we should be, that is resistant to sin. but rather He, and we should too, would not voluntarily have surrendered Himself to satan. Christ had to be a creature (of special circumstances and virtue) and was to suffer all the pains and temptations of the creature in order to judge us perfectly. He had to know the pain and separation from God or how could He sentence us perfectly and justly? Is not the separation from God an abyss. An abyss the size of which we can alter by prayer, good works and the sacramentsr. The attempts to alter this gap is indicative of our desire to truly love Him. We know in the forty-day retreat/stay in the desert early in His public life, He did admonish satan, “You shall not tempt God”, and we must not either.

St Teresa of Avila was privileged to see a soul in a state of grave sin, while she, the soul was wearing (My words) a hardened blackened carapace (my words) she, the soul, there was still a small spluttering candle in the depths of this soul. I thought at the time while sin did not enter the soul perhaps the outer skin (a hardened sinner my words) prevented grace entering and a residual grace remained inside, perhaps it is a memory of the Beatific Vision in which we were created by His paternal thought and experienced for a split second. This hardened shell of sin prevents God entering into us or into our temple, which we should maintain for His throne. The flame is it perhaps a memory or grace always keeping the creature to seek God?

Christ our God must be very sorrowful that we maintain our sin without complete repentance, keeping our souls in the dark rarely satisfying God’s Justice until we are forced by circumstances to seek His Mercy. Christ’s sorrows are our sins and out of His perfect Love he would do anything to help us to repent. Can we therefore think we can ease His now spiritual suffering, done on our behalf. So upon the Cross, while not sinning, Christ must have in some way allowed the weight of our sins that is their repugnancy to God the Father, to hide His Divine Light from His Father. The greatness of the Sacrifice by the Father and the Son on our behalf cannot be measured or grasped by mere humans, especially in these dreadful times when self-denial is so lacking.

I use the word ‘unable”, but I would think God was unwilling to see His Son’s soul made ugly by our sin, as they surrounded and weighed down the precious and devoted soul of His Son. Ugly as sin is not a phrase to be taken lightly. Habbakuk says God’s Eyes are so pure he cannot see ugliness (Doctrine on Purgatory) He stopped looking, turned His face away until Jesus’ humble repentance on our behalf opened heaven for us all and Jesus as He always will, after we use the means available to us, will lead us into heaven.

The great pity of this world is we compartmentalize God. It is our way of understanding, of educating ourselves, to more fully comprehend facts presented to us. We have in this manner simplified our beliefs and in our religion stay satisfied with what we know. This I am afraid causes us to stultify and mark time thus trivializing our perception of God. Be aware that through prayer of the type doctrinally recommended by The Church, grinding out time in the discipline of prayer we can know God, more deeply. When we truly reach out to Him and arrive at the prayer of silence and meditation, we can become very aware through His works in our intellect, His ways and means, even those as under educated as myself. Look at this way and consider it deeply. God at our entrance into the Church gives us three talents, the Theological Virtues of Faith Hope and Charity. Will we be able to tell him with all honesty we have improved them to a greater value or did we let them lie fallow or even to rot in unhallowed ground. Do not tell me your answer, tell yourself the truth.

 




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