Sep 28, 2011

Wednesday Solitude: Working on defects

There were two reflections that stayed stuck to me this past week and seemed to follow me, entering my mind at the oddest times and places.
I have been worrying additionally as events are coming to a head soon, I suppose one leads to the other....

1. A reflection from the 25th week Friday encourages us to be more present, to make good use of the time that is now and not think about yesterday or worry about tomorrow. Essentially offer only the present moment to God and fill it with your worth.

Mat 6:34 "Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day"
Ecc 11:4 "He who observes the wind will not sow; and he who regards the clouds will not reap"

2. In a reflection of 26th week Tuesday reading,  I am reminded of CS Lewis's Screwtape's letters, in that our defects are our weakest points through which temptation enters. 
The apostles themselves I am reminded were not perfect and Christ was patient and taught them. I am encouraged.
 
Somewhere in the reflection it goes "progress in our life of piety depends a good deal on our recognition and understanding of our dominant defect.  This is the defect which has the biggest influence on our behaviour and thinking."

So it's not the same for you and me, I will have to find my own path to holiness by working on that defect and strengthening the interior life.

4 comments:

  1. That is SOOO what I need to work on -- being in the moment. It seems I think too much about what I should have done diferent yesterday or worry too much about how everything is going to happen tomorrow. Maybe you could write a whole post on how you are learning be more in the present.

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  2. Thank you Paula, the learning is hard, it's two steps forward and one and half steps back..
    Emotions overrules sensibility mostly.. how does one control that?

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  3. Hit home with me! Thanks for sharing on this!

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  4. Thank you BM for this post. i found it helpful as i am trying to straighten out certain inherent defects of mine. Worrying about future and often crying over the past being one of them. There are others too and i hope i shall keep trying.
    Yeah i know about living for today like there's no tomorrow and let bygones be bygones but even then at times i do feel trapped.
    It was nice to read your thoughts and synchronize. i Hope you have a gud weekend with more reflections to share with us. :)

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