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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Perfection, again, and the Holy Trinity

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a theme of this blog. If more priests and catechists talked about this, we would all be happier and more in tune with our call to perfection and holiness.

The Blessed Virgin Mary was the first person to experience the Holy Trinity dwelling within, from the moment of her conception, the Immaculate Conception.

We, too, from baptism, have that great gift. But, this gift is lost and squandered by sin.

Mortal sin, meaning deadly sin, kills the life of God in the soul.


Because, simply, we have decided that something or someone else is God instead of God.

Fornication and adultery make another person and sex into gods, supplanting the Holy Trinity within us.

Homosexual sin is also idolatry.

So, too, are pride, greed, gluttony, avarice, deceit and all the Seven Deadly Sins, which I have tags on to other posts I have made on this subject.

Do not kid yourselves. You cannot see God if you have separated yourself from Him. You cannot see God unless you serve Him in purity of heart. How hard this must be for the pagan, as it is so hard for us who have grace.

Free Will is a tremendous gift.

Usually, a sexual sin causes youth to skip Mass. Then, they tumble into the habits of sin and staying away from the very sacraments which will give them clarity of mind and life.

A vicious and deadly circle....denying sin leads to death of the soul.

The Church did not make up these sins, God did. The Ten Commandments are still in effect.

Most people sin by putting their desires, wants, needs, will first and God's second or third.

To say we will what God Wills means dying to our own self, over and over and over.

The self-willed cannot see God, either out of their own selves or in their own selves.

The self-willed only see ME, and maybe, just maybe, a you, but only if the you serves the purposes of the ME. Such is sin.

The self-willed make the world into their own image and likeness.

To begin the road to perfection, one must be purified of sin, even venial sins. The great saints vary on whether a person can ever be free of venial sin, but every imperfection keeps us from God's Will for our lives.

Believe me, as I have experienced this. To be on the road to perfection is the only thing to do in life---see my quotation from Leon Bloy on the side.

I repost it here for you.

"The only tragedy in life is not to become a saint." 

Why a tragedy? Because eternity is a very long time.

Remember, one must be in sanctifying grace to receive merit for good.  God is merciful, of course, but to take His Mercy for granted is the sin of presumption. 

See all the other posts on perfection....more to come. This is just a reminder.

To find the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity is a great gift. One must be willing to give up everything which fills one's heart instead of God.

Not just things, for example, but the desire for things. Not just fame, but the desire for people to think well of you. 

Today, on EWTN's website, this quotation fit perfectly my thoughts for the day.

Such is the synchronicity of the Spirit of God.

The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame; he desires and works with all his strength to inflame all men with the fire of God's love. Nothing deters him: he rejoices in poverty; he labours strenuously; he welcomes hardships; he laughs off false accusations; he rejoices in anguish. He thinks only of how he might follow Jesus Christ and imitate him by his prayers, his labours, his sufferings, and by caring always and only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

-- St Anthony Mary Claret

This is what I desire. And, to be joined in the Cross of Christ and share in His Sufferings is part of the deal. A priest in Confession told me today that we cannot avoid the Cross, and that Christ has gone before me in all my suffering.



Salao Cristiao said...

Luke 15:7 I say to you, that even so there shall be joy in heaven upon one sinner that doth penance, more than upon ninety-nine just who need not penance.
I truly like your blog and the ultimate goal is perfection but scruples were the undoing of Martin Luther. He was a perfectionist. There's a lot of potential for this blog but if you let your scrupples get the best of you,you may become like Pope Michael, the SSPX, the feeneyites, they all claim to be Catholic too. I recomend this book,

Supertradmum said...

Salao Cristiano, I have never in hundreds if not more confessions been accussed of scrupulosity.

I suggest you read The Three Ages of the Interior Life by Garrigou-Lagrange and the writings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, who have formed by conscience. Also, read St. Thomas Aquinas, who has been recommended by every Pope in this and the last century.

Some of us want to see God and live in the fullness of the Spirit, if we are given the grace, while on earth--such we have been taught is possible, but not without cost and suffering and self-denial.

Also, read the entire series on perfection for a proper perspective.

Supertradmum said...

Oops, I just remembered one priest, who was a bit, let me say, liberal, bring up scruples. Most of my confessors agree with my way.

The Kingdom of God is at hand and the violent are taking it by storm.

I am not interested in the mediocre ways.

Shelly said...

I just found your blog a few days ago, so have not had time to browse the sections on perfection, but a good priest once said to me it is normal to want to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect - this is how we are made, and those of us who tend to be perfectionists feel the pull of His perfection more acutely...this is a gift!

And you might appreciate this quote by Charles Journet: " must be on the cross. I am afraid because I am well aware that if God were to exact a strict account, I should be lost; but I know too that he loves me with a love of which I can have no idea in this life...I veer between my wretchedness and his love...God's love will be victorious, for it is greater than my wretchedness."

Thank you.

Supertradmum said...

Shelly, Thank you! I have had a really painful day and you have provided some consolation.

Anonymous said...

I have read many of your posts and have never been struck by the thought that you are scrupulous.

The closer we get to God the more we are struck by our own sinfulness. It comes not from being scrupulous but by realising how holy God is and by seeing our selves in His light.

I love how you speak of growing in perfection as being marked by the indwelling of the Holy Trinity - this is very eastern.

Don't worry, keep going, your blog is great.


Supertradmum said...

Thank you and someday I may write on the blog of a personal encounter with Holiness,.which changed my perspective.

Anonymous said...

Please do; I am in desperate need of a change of perspective and need some inspiration.