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The Reality of How We Grow in Union with God

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    The Reality of How We Grow in Union with God
    by Anthony Mullen


    In the classic work of Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, “Divine Intimacy”, we are given key insights into how we are stymied by our bad habits in our pursuit of union with God. “Disordered inclinations and affections always give rise to at least venial sins or to deliberate imperfections, when one willingly yields to them, even though they be only in matters of slight importance. Our will freely assents to these failings, minor though they may be, and is stained by the opposition to the Will of God; for this reason a perfect union cannot exist between our will and God‘s Will.

    “Moreover, if these imperfections become habitual and the soul does not try to correct them, they form a great obstacle to divine union, and according to Saint John of the Cross, they prevent not only divine union but also advancement in perfection. He gives a few examples of these un-mortified habitual imperfections: the habit of talking too much, unrestrained curiosity, attachment to persons, entertainment, food or drink which the soul refuses to give up. There is also attachment to one’s comfort, little vanities, self complacency and attachment to one’s own opinion and reputation. There is a real mushroom-bed of appetites and disordered inclinations from which the soul will not free itself, precisely because it is attached to the meager, selfish satisfaction which it finds in these wretched things. It is “attached” to them and that is why It cannot make the decision to give them up completely. These are precisely the disordered voluntary appetites of which St. John of the Cross says: ‘one single un-mortified appetite is sufficient to tie the soul.’

    “On the other hand, when it is a question of imperfect inclinations arising solely from human weakness, of those which do not get beyond the stage of “first movements” in which the will has no part either before or after, but rather tries to repress them as soon as it notices them, these do not prevent one from attaining divine union. It is our will that counts, and it must be completely free from the slightest attachment.

    “St. John of the Cross has only one thing to say about renouncement and detachment, renounce everything and be detached from everything. If this demand seems unreasonable, let us remember that it is a pure evangelical counsel directly from the Gospel, and that it asks nothing more than what Jesus demands of us when He says: ‘Renounce yourself, take up your cross and follow me.’”

    While it is easy just to throw up our hands and say this is impossible for me, this temptation comes from Satan. It is precisely in recognizing that we can not do these things that we begin the journey in earnest. If we simply keep trying and trusting in God, He sees the little bit of good will He requires, and He then sets out to do the work for us! It is in the continual trying and striving and never giving up, accompanied by the Faith and Trust that God can indeed do what is impossible for us, that we finally see progress....and He will do the impossible if we continue to persevere. Trust obtains all spiritual things!


    Anthony Mullen | January 31, 2018 at 8:47 am
     
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