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January 18, 2009
Writing by Rita Ring
GOD GIVES US A FREE WILL
TO CHOOSE LOVE
MEN AND WOMEN
TO OBEY HIS
TO WILL TO OBEY —
There are divorces every day
Some people who could have
worked in love with each other.
who could have grown as
a family, but
with their free will — they
chose not to work in love
for the good of the other
and their children if they
had them —
When God calls us to our vocation
we are to see the big
picture and we discipline
ourselves, use our reasoning to not give
into our demands of the inner child who
wants his way at all costs —
Little babies learn they must work
Parents teach us to obey them, hopefully.
We have a free will, God wants us
to obey His commands, see through
His eyes, obey His plan and operate
in love — choosing love
choosing obedience to God and
John 1: 1-18
In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things came into being,
not one thing came into being
except through him.
What has come into being in him was life,
life that was the light of men;
and light shines in darkness,
and darkness could not overpower it.
A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
to bear witness to the light,
so that everyone might believe
He was not the light,
he was to bear witness to the light.
The Word was the real light
that gives light to everyone;
he was coming into the world.
He was in the world
that had come into being through him,
and the world did not recognise him.
He came to his own
and his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believed in his name
who were born not from human stock
or human desire
or human will
but from God himself.
The Word became flesh,
he lived among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory that he has from the Father
as only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John witnesses to him. He proclaims:
‘This is the one of whom I said:
He who comes after me
has passed ahead of me
because he existed before me.’
Indeed, from his fullness
we have, all of us, received—
one gift replacing another,
for the Law was given through Moses,
grace and truth have come
through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God;
it is the only Son,
who is close to the Father’s heart,
who has made him known.
Genesis 1: 1-19
In the beginning God created heaven and earth. Now the earth was a formless void, there was darkness over the deep, with a divine wind sweeping over the waters.
God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness. God called light ‘day’, and darkness he called ‘night’. Evening came and morning came: the first day.
God said, ‘Let there be a vault through the middle of the waters to divide the waters in two.’ And so it was. God made the vault, and it divided the waters under the vault from the waters above the vault. God called the vault ‘heaven’. Evening came and morning came: the second day.
God said, ‘Let the waters under heaven come together into a single mass, and let dry land appear.’ And so it was. God called the dry land ‘earth’ and the mass of waters ‘seas’, and God saw that it was good.
God said, ‘Let the earth produce vegetation: seed–bearing plants, and fruit trees on earth, bearing fruit with their seed inside, each corresponding to its own species.’ And so it was. The earth produced vegetation: the various kinds of seed–bearing plants and the fruit trees with seed inside, each corresponding to its own species. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came: the third day.
God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of heaven to divide day from night, and let them indicate festivals, days and years. Let them be lights in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth.’ And so it was. God made the two great lights: the greater light to govern the day, the smaller light to govern the night, and the stars. God set them in the vault of heaven to shine on the earth, to govern the day and the night and to divide light from darkness. God saw that it was good. Evening came and morning came: the fourth day.
God is all good —
God is the Creator
We are the creatures
God has a Covenant with man
God speaks to us through creation —
All creation bears the handprint of God —
God the Father has a Plan
We are to see through the eyes of God —
the Plan of the Father —
A person can be an interesting person —
in control at the office, but when it
comes to his heart a person can let
the inner child of the past come
out and try to take control.
A person that lived as an army-tank
home - tension — not loving as soon
as he goes into his home can crawl
into this mode —
hard to get along with
A person who does not work with others —
and keeps some person as a scapegoat
for their unmet needs — can crawl
into their army tank and began
If you see them at work or
out in the world they can look as if
they have no problems, but they can
have a hard shell - like an army
tank when it comes to personal
relationships. God has called us
to love — not put our heart in
a hard shell — ready for combat —
The more one wastes opportunities to work
with others in unity — in love in God's
service, according to His plan, in love
as a family of God, building the Kingdom
of God — the more one is going in the
opposite direction when interacting
Some people have built protective
combat armor in their childhood
and they can be addicted to argumentation,
misery, excitement because of problems
in their life.
They are afraid to trust anyone
with their heart and come out of
their protective shell. People in
these isolated ways, addicted to
misery can think only of themselves —
the more they seal off their heart
which is their own choice, many times,
because of this combatal attitude —
the more angry they become —
they only feel, some of them, when
there is combat, tension — the
fight because of the hard shell
they have built around their heart.
A person can be a brain surgeon,
but our lives, our personal lives
are majorly affected by the love
in one's heart and how their
spirit is willing in working
with others —
This combat of a person can
create the battle front of childhood
they are familiar with — this
is normal to them —
God created us for harmony, love —
working together in personal relationships
as a family
abnormal combat - disharmony —
averse individuals try
to project on others
There was a new movie — American
Girl where girls (2) provoked
openly other girls, made fun
Adults can use passive-aggressive
measures to manipulate and
control — provoking others
secretly - in an abuse cycle until they
make a mark of "getting to" an innocent
God intends us to love
God intends us to choose willingly
to interact according to His
Plan in peace
disorder come from the
A person can be one who grew-up in
a home where there was constant
arguing and so therefore they
do not communicate at all
because any communication
would be another argument as they
knew as a child — so they offered
no communication about any
problems, distancing and controlling
the money, many times, making others beg for
monetary funds while they kept the
facts — facts needed, hidden, and
they controlled while others waited,
begged and could not deal productively
on any matter because of the inner
child of the person who could never
handle any matters in love, peace,
joy and empowerment —
He felt there was a major
problem if anything was discussed
and he refused to openly let anyone
in on pertinent information —
In every personal relationship — married,
religious, a person must
(1) have commitment
(2) be open not wear masks
or tell lies
(3) not have secrets
(4) observe rules and
structure — not
fight structure and
rules so a single
person can control
with secrets to
A person with a hard shell — getting harder
becomes like a rock —
they only feel when there is an explosion
and since they have cut off normal
When the pot boils over in
them, from lack of communication
they provoke through ways that
hurt others wanting to conduct
normal work and function for the
good of the organization, family,
community, religious order
The child of the past may
come with one pair of glasses - while
the child (adult child) is quite a
different story —
The child of the past sees
through the emotions in their past
The more we interact with others
personally — the more we have an
opportunity to grow out of our
selfish ways of our inner
child — the more we work to
discipline the little child —
full of hurt emotions, many
times, we can learn through
our sound reasoning to not
give into the little undisciplined
child that wants to win — temper
tantrums and have it their way.
We must recognize our undisciplined
feelings coming from childhood.
A question can be asked
"Why do you act a certain
way, when you don't want to"
Many feelings of this little
inner child must be controlled
by the reasoning of the "adult child" —
within a person - who seeks
relationship, love, justice,
prudence, vision, harmony
The little child of the past keeps
trying to recreate the home life
of childhood and live in it —
wanting to rule and give into
childish demands that are
inappropriate to adult
personal relationships —
Wanting what is familiar
because we know it may
have a melodrama we don't
want as adults —
We learned about life
and relationships in our
homes as children —
In dealing with adults who
are accepted in the world and
business — a person can pout
and expect another person to
make them feel good.
In watching babies — they
cry and are picked up — they
want to be fed — they need to
be changed — it is not another
adult's place to pick up
adult babies who do not
know how to love maturely —
Christ shows us His self - less love —
The Blue Books teach us about
being filled up by
God's love —
so we give love to others —
So we love as Christ —
lives in us
Romans 8: 5-9
Those who are living by their natural inclinations have their minds on the things human nature desires; those who live in the Spirit have their minds on spiritual things. And human nature has nothing to look forward to but death, while the Spirit looks forward to life and peace, because the outlook of disordered human nature is opposed to God, since it does not submit to God's Law, and indeed it cannot, and those who live by their natural inclinations can never be pleasing to God. You, however, live not by your natural inclinations, but by the Spirit, since the Spirit of God has made a home in you. Indeed, anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
Even among doctors who
recognized their habits from
the child of the past they found
it difficult to change the feelings
that the little child of the past
demanded in personal relationships
if left to control —
In Alcoholics Anonymous and
Alonon — many adults seeking recovery
could not go home during
recovery because of the problems
encountered by other members
of the family expecting them to once
again get in roles of — 'little
brother' — 'hero child' — 'scapegoat'
etc. The family knew the dance
well and the steps were the
steps of the family as 'little
brother' and 'scapegoat' better
get in and do the family dance —
What happens when one is
locked in heart and spirit
because their lives are lived
as 'reactors' instead of 'actors' —
in giving into paralyzing feelings
inside that demobilize them —
instead of living as Jesus taught
us according to God's will in
Happiness comes in acting according
to God's will in love —
being so deeply one with God.
God is our counsel
in the discernment of spirits of
Excerpts of The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, by Louis J. Puhl, S.J.
313. RULES FOR DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS
Rules for understanding to some extent the different movements produced in the soul and for recognizing those that are good to admit them, and those that are bad, to reject them. These rules are more suited to the first week
314. I. In the case of those who go from one mortal sin to another, the enemy is ordinarily accustomed to propose apparent pleasures. He fills their imagination with sensual delights and gratifications, the more readily to keep them in their vices and increase the number of their sins.
With such persons the good spirit uses a method which is the reverse of the above. Making use of the light of reason, he will rouse the sting of conscience and fill them with remorse.
315. 2. In the case of those who go on earnestly striving to cleanse their souls from sin and who seek to rise in the service of God our Lord to greater perfection, the method pursued is the opposite of that mentioned in the first rule.
Then it is characteristic of the evil spirit to harass with anxiety, to afflict with sadness, to raise obstacles backed by fallacious reasonings that disturb the soul. Thus he seeks to prevent the soul from advancing.
It is characteristic of the good spirit, however, to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations, and peace. This He does by making all easy, by removing all obstacles so that the soul goes forward in doing good.
316. 3. SPIRITUAL CONSOLATION. I call it consolation when an interior movement is aroused in the soul, by which it is inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord, and as a consequence, can love no creature on the face of the earth for its own sake, but only in the Creator of them all. It is likewise consolation when one sheds tears that move to the love of God, whether it be because of sorrow for sins, or because of the sufferings of Christ our Lord, or for any other reason that is immediately directed to the praise and service of God. Finally, I call consolation every increase of faith, hope, and love, and all interior joy that invites and attracts to what is heavenly and to the salvation of one's soul by filling it with peace and quiet in its Creator and Lord.
317. 4. SPIRITUAL DESOLATION. I call desolation what is entirely the opposite of what is described in the third rule, as darkness of soul, turmoil of spirit, inclination to what is low and earthly, restlessness rising from many disturbances and temptations which lead to want of faith, want of hope, want of love. The soul is wholly slothful, tepid, sad, and separated, as it were, from its Creator and Lord. For just as consolation is the opposite of desolation, so the thoughts that spring from consolation are the opposite of those that spring from desolation.
318. 5. In time of desolation we should never make any change, but remain firm and constant in the resolution and decision which guided us the day before the desolation, or in the decision to which we adhered in the preceding consolation. For just as in consolation the good spirit guides and counsels us, so in desolation the evil spirit guides and counsels. Following his counsels we can never find the way to a right decision.
319. 6. Though in desolation we must never change our former resolutions, it will be very advantageous to intensify our activity against the desolation. We can insist more upon prayer, upon meditation, and on much examination of ourselves. We can make an effort in a suitable way to do some penance.
320. 7. When one is in desolation, he should be mindful that God has left him to his natural powers to resist the different agitations and temptations of the enemy in order to try him. He can resist with the help of God, which always remains, though he may not clearly perceive it. For though God has taken from him the abundance of fervor and overflowing love and the intensity of His favors, nevertheless, he has sufficient grace for eternal salvation.
321. 8. When one is in desolation, he should strive to persevere in patience. This reacts against the vexations that have overtaken him. Let him consider, too, that consolation will soon return, and in the meantime, he must diligently use the means against desolation which have been given in the sixth rule.
322. 9. The principal reasons why we suffer from desolation are three:
The first is because we have been tepid and slothful or negligent in our exercises of piety, and so through our own fault spiritual consolation has been taken away from us.
The second reason is because God wishes to try us, to see how much we are worth, and how much we will advance in His service and praise when left without the generous reward of consolations and signal favors.
The third reason is because God wishes to give us a true knowledge and understanding of ourselves, so that we may have an intimate perception of the fact that it is not within our power to acquire and attain great devotion, intense love, tears, or any other spiritual consolation; but that all this is the gift and grace of God our Lord. God does not wish us to build on the property of another, to rise up in spirit in a certain pride and vainglory and attribute to ourselves the devotion and other effects of spiritual consolation.