Monday, January 28, 2008

Daily Dose of Discernment: 1/28/08

On bright blue days I do not want anything to happen; the world is complete and beautiful -- a thing for contemplation. I no more ask for adventures under that turquoise dome than I ask for adventures in church. But when the background of man's life is a grey background, then, in the name of man's sacred supremacy, I desire to paint on it in fire and gore. When the heavens fail man refuses to fail; when the sky seems to have written on it, in letters of lead and pale silver, the decree that nothing shall happen, then the immortal soul, the prince of all creatures, rises up and decrees that something shall happen, if it be only the slaughter of a policeman.
G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
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Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: in the first place, as a remedy for sin, and secondly, as an example of how to act.

It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on the account of our sins, we have found relief through the passion of Christ. Yet, it is no less an example, for the passion of Christ completely suffices to fashion our lives. Whoever wishes to live perfectly should do nothing but disdain what Christ disdained on the cross and desire what he desired, for the cross exemplifies every virtue.

If you seek the example of love: Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his friends. Such a man was Christ on the cross. And if he gave his life for us, then it should not be difficult to bear whatever hardships arise for his sake.
-- Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Conferences on the Creed

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nick,

While I would like to say thank you for all the obvious time and effort that goes into your blog, I must be honest and offer that I really do not enjoy the Daily Dose of Discernment. As a matter of fact they actually seem a bit insulting but perhaps I am missing something?

I cannot, however, thank you enough for introducing me to De Sales.

I do wish you the best in the future. Good luck w/ the studies.

Ryan

phatcatholic said...

What's insulting about it?

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