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On Not Being Earthly Minded

This evening, I had the pleasure of making an airport pickup. His flight was delayed a little which offered me the opportunity to sit in the Presence of Our Lord at the Lambert Airport “interfaith” chapel. I cannot imagine most airports have this gift of the Blessed Sacrament’s Presence.

I left my assigned spiritual reading at home but I happened to have my little blue Confraternity of the Precious Blood version of the Imitation of Christ.

*Uh oh*

Time to get slapped silly by Thomas à Kempis. Here is one of three articles I meditated upon.

The Fifty-Third Chapter
God’s Grace Is Not Given to the Earthly Minded

The Voice of Christ

MY CHILD, my grace is precious. It does not allow itself to be mixed with external things or with earthly consolations. Cast away all obstacles to grace, therefore, if you wish to receive its infusion.

Seek to retire within yourself. Love to dwell alone with yourself. Seek no man’s conversation, but rather pour forth devout prayer to God that you may keep your mind contrite and your heart pure.

Consider the whole world as nothing. Prefer attendance upon God to all outward occupation, for you cannot attend upon Me and at the same time take delight in external things. You must remove yourself from acquaintances and from dear friends, and keep your mind free of all temporal consolation. Thus the blessed Apostle St. Peter begs the faithful of Christ to keep themselves as strangers and pilgrims in the world. [41]

What great confidence at the hour of death shall be his who is not attached to this world by any affection. But the sickly soul does not know what it is to have a heart thus separated from all things, nor does the natural man know the liberty of the spiritual man. Yet, if he truly wishes to be spiritual, he must renounce both strangers and friends, and must beware of no one more than himself.

If you completely conquer yourself, you will more easily subdue all other things. The perfect victory is to triumph over self. For he who holds himself in such subjection that sensuality obeys reason and reason obeys Me in all matters, is truly his own conqueror and master of the world.

Now, if you wish to climb to this high position you must begin like a man, and lay the ax to the root, in order to tear out and destroy any hidden unruly love of self or of earthly goods. From this vice of too much self-love comes almost every other vice that must be uprooted. And when this evil is vanquished, and brought under control, great peace and quiet will follow at once.

But because few labor to die entirely to self, or tend completely away from self, therefore they remain entangled in self, and cannot be lifted in spirit above themselves. But he who desires to walk freely with Me must mortify all his low and inordinate affections, and must not cling with selfish love or desire to any creature.
[41] 1 Peter 2:11.

2 comments

  1. This is most difficult and challenging …to be in the world but not of the world ….to NOT desire the company of friends and family and to seek and hunger to be alone with GOD is also very challenging ….I keep trying to withdraw …it is hard but I know one thing that if I am to grow in holiness and ascend the mountain to I must reject all for the sake of GOD Alone …plenty of work to do on this end !

    1. This article from the Imitation opened up a can of worms for me. I spend way too much interior energy complaining (interiorly) about everyone else (I.e why does this person dress so immodestly) and give myself the free pass on my own worst enemy.

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