Sunday, June 15, 2014

Hermit Shares Vocation Tip by Carthusian Monk of Yore

Since I am in such physical pain today (barometric pressure shifts affect all the points of old injury in this body), the rest breaks are frequent and longer.  

Thus, resting, I noticed a draft from some time ago, and these words by an anonymous monk make my heart sing and comfort my soul.  May these encourag- ing words bless you on this Holy Trinity Sunday.

From a little book on contemplative life by a Carthusian monk (very old book):

"If you possess no wisdom, no strength, no prestige, no nobility, if, in fact you are nothing, you will be the better instruments in God's hands. One thing only is necessary for
you. Be ready to put yourselves at the disposal of Him who is and can do all things. Have confidence in Him and in your vocation [nothingness!], and you will see how He can bring forth great results out of your nothingness. He is and remains the Creator.

"When Almighty God has impressed on your mortal bodies the sacred mark of penance, and on your immortal souls the still more sacred seal of prayer; when the irrevocable vows have given God the right thus to take possession of your human existence, then you will feel that though in yourselves you are nothing, in Him you are everything. You will perceive a divine virtue within you and proceeding from you, to give pleasure to God and healing to souls, and this virtue within you and going forth from you will increase day by day as you grow in intimacy with God...."

I made myself go outside and do some weeding.  I also replaced some pieces of cardboard around edges of the fence where I then will place mulch on top of the cardboard.  The goal is to have less yard to mow, as mowing is difficult close to the fence and around numerous trees and shrubs planted.  

 I transition thoughts to the spiritual life, and how perseverance is key, no matter how difficult or obstacle-laden.  Pray, and praise God Almighty, all the more!

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