So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, August 29, 2016

An Aaron Neville moment. Sometimes you just want to 'tell it like it is'.

Respect. Authenticity. Maturity. Conscience conformed to the Truth. Humility. Mortality.

Keepin' 'it' real. Life is short. So, don't mess around. If you render yourself disposable and your life meaningless by allowing yourself to be reduced to a thing ("a toy"), you should not be surprised when you find yourself emotionally and spiritually destitute. So, don't blame the rest of the human race for your intentional slide into oblivion. Man up! Ask for the grace to mature in the ways of God, to grow in holiness.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.—1 Corinthians 13:11
The human heart is a precious jewel. A heart centred on God is a heart living its potential. A person would be right to be furious (righteously angry) with someone who plays lightly with another person's heart.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.—St. Luke 6:45
There is no denying the wisdom of a conscience well formed, i.e., a conscience formed according to the teaching of Christ. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church hands on faithfully all that Christ said and did. We choose His path of life as taught to us by His Church, or we choose the path of death taught to us by the world. Will pride (and a disordered desire for worldly success) get in the way of choosing Jesus Christ and serving the mission of the Church?
Whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.—1 Timothy 1:5
A child of God whose will is fixed on the Lord is vulnerable and yet resilient, free and obedient to the freeing commandments of Jesus Christ Who is the way, the truth and the life.
CCC27 The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for:
The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator.
In Christ, we embody the love that God has for us. Love that is of Christ is not the tawdry love nor saccharine sentiment of the tabloid lover. Christian love, agape, is self sacrificing love that gives life. Jesus gives life to all those who trust in Him and who keep His commandments. Of course, Jesus and His Church are inseparable. Do you love Jesus? If you do, then you must also love His Church?

A healthy sense of mortality keeps us focussed, our minds alert to the realities of the human condition. To live is to live in and for Jesus Christ and His Church.
But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel. . . . What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. . . . The dead will be raised imperishable. . . . For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality.—1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42, 52, 53.
Aaron Neville tells it (life) like it is... or should be.

Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville
If you want something to play with
Go and find yourself a toy
Baby, my time is too expensive
And I'm not a little boy
If you are serious
Don't play with my heart, it makes me furious
But if want me to love you
Then, baby, I will, girl, you know I will
Tell it like it is
Don't be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide
But I... know deep down inside of me
I believe you love me, forget your foolish pride
Life is too short to have sorrow
You may be here today and gone tomorrow
You might as well get what you want
So go on and live, baby, go on and live

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