Twice in Scriptures, once in the Old Law and once in the New, God tells us of the rewards for tepidity. I will vomit them out of My Mouth. Has anyone ever considered what tepidity is and how we can recognize it in ourselves? I have a favorite Catholic Author, he is Fr or Dom Savinien Louismet, a benedictine missionary. His books have the imprimatur of a priest who had to deal with all the great apologetic writers of the early 1900's, Canon Edmund Surmont. the Vicar general of England 1917 and around that date. If you consider the writers he had to deal with, he had to know his business. My advice be careful of which publications you read Fr Louismet or buy his books on the "net since he has been republished by a modern publisher.
His books on mysticism and from the library of catholic authors he quotes are truly definitive of catholic authority on the subject even by the views of the wacko Vatican 2 libertines. His explanations of other religions and their relationship to the Church is a far better interpretation of today's view of Vatican 2, current in the Church of today. His succinct statement there are many people who are members of the Church but are not aware of who they are sums up a reality that exists and which we should be accepting, than the ecumenism that exists in the majority of the minds of the Churchmen today.
If I spend time, as I have thinking of what tepidity is, I find through the latter day liberals in the Church there are really two churches because of new interpretations of the traditional expectations of the Church, which were spelt out as canons, precepts and instructions over time and not today's private revelations of various individuals . These revelations forced upon us as amendments and complete changes to Catholic Practices accepted and taught by caring shepherds over the two millennial are way beyond tepid and are minimal to the lowest and worst extreme.
This is a problem for me because in my lifetime I do really see and experienced two Catholic Churches. This we know cannot be. This is caused by the strident demands of prideful men demanding obedience to their rules. If tepidity is not the sainthood, that sanctification we are to achieve what then is to be the reward for minimalism that so many celebrate today with such joy and acclaim. An example is prayer fasting and abstinence as a habit is expected by Christ and what do Bishops and priests embrace as abstinence. They issue strange directives like do not watch Tee Vee during Lent. Catholics should not watch Tee Vee at all. It is an occasion, a temptation even and definitely does lead to the misfortune of sin. Does one Bishop, one priest ever tell us this. Unlike the Jehovah's, the evangelical protestants who spend Sundays at their place of worship, we as Catholics can be found on Sundays watching the gladiators on Tee Vee the footballers and ice hockey stars trying their best to maim each other for money. I know of priests and have seen the example of a priest rushing the liturgy, and then rushing to the golf course to play a Scottish non conformist invention called golf.
So consider tepidity as opposed to true catholic mysticism the truly secret silent intercourse with God in the rites and rituals of the catholic Church, the prayer life and charity of Catholic Practices. This Mysticism is not found in the sign seekers for personal holiness claiming the example of lesser gifts to claim the Holy Spirit as theirs, but a steady adherence to the Church and the prayer life it reccommends which sometimes leading into a personal divine contemplation of God but only with His help.
Tepidity is the example of the bad servants in scriptures and a complete refusal of the directive of Jesus when He said, "I stand at the door and knock and if any man would hear My Voice and open to Me the gate I will come in and sup with Him and he with Me" revelations chapter 3. Tepidity is the way of the foolish virgins. Tepidity is is self complacency, satisfied with oneself and never seeking to see oneself in an examination of conscience happy with what we are. Tepidity is a determination not to change and a denial when our sore points are touched by the example and words of others. Tepidity is ignoring the words of Revelation when God speaks to us a says, "Thou sayest, I am rich and made wealthy, and have need of nothing, and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable, and poor, and and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy me of gold tried in the fire, that thou may be made rich and may be clothed in white garments, that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear and anoint thine eyes with eye salve that thou may see"
try it you might like it. The answer is prayer prayer that includes the heart and the mind. Prayer that occupies you with seeking God, to call Him into the inner chamber of your soul.
Saint Faustina in her diary reminds us Jesus wants us to give Him our miseries and wretchedness so free from constraints we can become active in our dispositions towards Him and bring others by our examples and words into His world not this sorry place of temptations, of distractions and procrastinations. Will you consider this as advice and think about how we can accommodate the Spirit of God than the comforts of the world and its prince
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