Requires renunciation

To follow Jesus requires renunciation of evil, of egoism, and choosing good, truth, justice. It also requires sacrifice and a renunciation of self-interest.

~ Pope Francis via Catholic News Agency (CNA), “Pope Francis criticizes ‘ornamental’ faith”

August 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|3 Comments

The constant drumbeat of materialism

Francois Fenelon, in his book Christian Perfection, wrote: “It is a wise self-love, which wants to get out of the intoxication of outside things.” Before I can free myself from the lure of material things, I have to become more sensitive to the things of the spirit, which will diminish my chances of being dazzled by superficial allurements. More important than a new car or the fastest computer will be the latest revelation from God on how I can better love my neighbor while at the same time deflecting my own self-centered greed. Through simplicity we learn that self-denial paradoxically leads to true self-fulfillment. Simplicity allows us to hold the interests of others above out self-interest. Real simplicity is true freedom. The constant drumbeat of materialism will no longer be deafening. We will desire less, and be happy with less.

Gerry Straub, “Holy Simplicity”, Gerry Straub’s Blog

April 30th, 2013|Simplicity|6 Comments

Faith is not a thing of the mind…

Faith is not a thing of the mind; it is not an intellectual certainty or a felt conviction of the heart. It is a sustained decision to take God with utter seriousness as the God of my life. It is to live out each hour in a practical, concrete affirmation that God is Father and he is “in heaven.” It is a decision to shift the center of our lives from ourselves to him, to forego self-interest and make his interests, his will, our sole concern. This is what it means to hallow his name as Father in heaven.

~Sister Ruth Burrows, O.C.D. in Magnificat via Shirt of Flame

February 29th, 2012|Faith|1 Comment