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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Spiritual mummification


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God did not make death. 
Two types of death.  Spiritual death is worse than physical death.
Sin creates this spiritual death, even when it is not serious sin it can be deadly.  For if we do not try to overcome little faults, then we will fall little by little, into greater ones.
Acedia – spiritual sloth.  “a sickness of the soul that is expressed in boredom, distaste for prayer, slackening or abandoning of penitential practices, neglecting the heart, and indifference towards the sacraments.” (Cardinal Sarah. God or Nothing p237)
No such thing as vacation from your vocation – and all of us have daily prayer and Sunday Mass as part of our vocation.  We may find days to relax during this summer, but it should never be at the cost of our relationship with God.
I experienced a parallel of this during my pilgrimage.  It was hard.  There was serious resistance.
the biggest threat of all gradually takes shape: “the gray pragmatism of the daily life of the Church, in which all appears to proceed normally, while in reality faith is wearing down and degenerating into small-mindedness”.[63] A tomb psychology thus develops and slowly transforms Christians into mummies in a museum. Disillusioned with reality, with the Church and with themselves, they experience a constant temptation to cling to a faint melancholy, lacking in hope, which seizes the heart like “the most precious of the devil’s potions”.[64] Called to radiate light and communicate life, in the end they are caught up in things that generate only darkness and inner weariness, and slowly consume all zeal for the apostolate. For all this, I repeat: Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of the joy of evangelization!

Book: The Noonday Devil. (Formed.org)
Joy and Evangelization are the cures to this spiritual death.  Get to know Christ again, particularly by living your faith.
In the sacraments, Christ reaches us and heals us and brings us back to life. Confession.
Let us allow ourselves to be met by Christ once more, to be renewed by Him, and to joyfully respond to His Love by the way we love our neighbor.  Amen.

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