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“I WANT, I WANT…” – THE WARS AND COMBATS WITHIN SELF

Attachment to our own will

“Ah! if all men would only renounce their own will! Certainly, no one would fall into hell.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

‘Put an end of self-will,’ says St Bernard, ‘and there will be an end of hell.’ But, in the meantime, such is the malice that it perverts even our good works. ‘Self-will is a great evil,’ he says again, ‘since through it good works are no longer good works.’

Whence come all the wars and combats within you?

How pitiable is the lot of him who is a slave to his own will! How many things he desires without being able to obtain them! And, on the other hand, how many difficult and disagreeable things he is obliged to bear with, which he would gladly avoid!

Saint James the Apostle says: ‘Whence come all the wars and combats within you?’ Does not the whole evil spring from the unruly appetites which govern you? You have a thousand desires and cannot satisfy one of them. [One of them satified briefly straight away gives rise to ten others in turn, and so forth, unless you are master of them through God’s help.]

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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TRUE DISCIPLESHIP IS A SCARY VENTURE – IN THE TIME OF THE APOSTLES AS WELL AS TODAY

Following and imitating Jesus Christ in today’s surroundings

Whose fear is it, anyway?

“True discipleship is a scary venture; it was so in the time of the Apostles, and it remains so today. Discipleship, which is another way of saying that one embraces the baptismal call to follow in the footprints of Jesus Christ, requires resisting the mongering that our culture so often encourages.

The messages so frequently displayed in advertisements and on television promote a culture of fear that seeks to convince women and men today that they are inadequate, unlovable, and imperfect without buying this or that product, without paying for this or that service. The advertising agencies around the globe realise that human beings make too many of their choices out of fear and capitalise on that dynamic.

When individuals wish to take control and seize authority, it is to the weapon of fear that they turn, planting the seeds of insecurity and doubt into the hearts and minds of the population.

Working to overcome fearĀ 

Jesus, as truly human, understood the experience of fear. Weeping in the garden on the night he was betrayed, the Lord expresses solidarity with those who face physical harm and emotional stress.

But Jesus, as truly divine, also understood that following the Father’s Will means working to overcome the inhibitive fear that too often prevents us from doing what is right and speaking the truth when necessary. Hence, Jesus’s first words to his followers – then and now – are always ‘Do not be afraid,’ because when we surrender to fear we are unable to live the Gospel.”

– This is an excerpt from “Do Not Be Afraid!” by Daniel P. Horan, published in Messenger of Saint Anthony, issue June 2015. For subscriptions please contact: Messenger of St Anthony, Basilica del Santo, via Orto Botanico 11, 1-35123 Padua, Italy

 

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