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Roman Catholicism #12: The Ascetic Life

Speaking of Jesus’  total involvement in a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee F.B. Meyers writes,

“It’s easier, like the anchorite monk to be separated from the world, than like the Saviour, to be in it but not of it. 

I’t easier to decline an invitation to a home than to go there and behave as the Son of God. 

It’s easier to refuse the things of sense than to use them without abuse.

It’s easier to maintain a life of prayer far from the haunts of men, than to enter them maintaining constant fellowship with God in the unruffled depths of the soul. 

Nothing but the grace of the Holy Spirit can suffice for this.  But this is sufficient if daily and believingly sought.

The idea of the ascetic life is that every human feeling is a weakness and every natural instinct a sin.  No woman’s caress, no childish voice, no tender love, none of the jewels or flowers of existence may soften the rigors of that lot. 

But is not all this a libel on God’s original creation?  Has He made so great a mistake in creating us that we must thwart His ideal at every step, ere we can rise to our true manhood?  Must we make ourselves other than men before we can be saints?

Surely to reason thus is to dishonor the wisdom and love of God in our original creation.  The incarnation teaches us, as does the presence of Jesus at the Marriage Feast of Cana, that God does not require an emasculated, but a fulfilled and purified humanity.”

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April 20, 2006 - Posted by | Roman Catholicism

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