Friday, March 15, 2013

Lent 2013, XXIII

XXIII. The balance between affirmation and rejection is not the most important question. The most important question is not a question of balance at all, but of throwing the whole weight of our resolve and intention into loving God. Once that is our top priority, anything else we can possibly do will be good for “All things work together for good, to them that love the Lord.” There is a specific kind of grace which the Church calls “Grace of State.” This is the grace proper to the state in life of the person who receives it, which helps them to discharge the duties of that state fully and in a holy manner, whether that person is a priest or a human waste disposal specialist. The Church teaches that no matter what your state in life, God sends you the grace especially tailored to that situation. Furthermore, that situation is the path to Holiness for you. Fr. Dwight Longenecker refers to the lesser earthly goods as a “ladder” to get to heaven, and tells those who are in danger of despising them through an overly spiritual pride “This is your state in life. That is your ladder. If you kick the ladder away, how do you expect to get to heaven?” God does call us through the goods of this world. In fact, it is His preferred method, if sheer numbers are any indication.

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