St. Clare of Assisi
When Thing Turns Sour
When Thing Turns Sour
Moses then turned and came down the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hands, tablets that were written on both sides, front and back. The tablets were made by God; the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets… As he drew near the camp, he saw the calf and the dancing. Then Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets down and broke them on the base of the mountain. (Exodus 32: 15,16, 19)
We all have our own desires and enjoyment. Whether we are rich or poor, there are certain things that we like which make us happy and satisfied. There is nothing wrong with having all these! However, if all our desire, enjoyment, passion, hobby, goals in live… do not permeate with gratitude and tend to make us not think of God, they are moving toward idolatry. Then things are turning sour! We are creating a “Modern Day Golden Calf” for ourselves. So, what is idolatry? “Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. It remains a constant temptation to faith. Idolatry consists in divinizing what is not God. Man commits idolatry whenever he honors and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods or demons (for example, satanism), power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money, etc. Jesus says, "You cannot serve God and mammon." Many martyrs died for not adoring "the Beast" refusing even to simulate such worship. Idolatry rejects the unique Lordship of God; it is therefore incompatible with communion with God. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, par. 2113)
Let us look at this simple example. Why do we lie? Because we fear the disapproval of people more than we want the approval of God. Or because we value our reputation more than we value our relationship with God. Or we are trying to manipulate someone into giving us something we think we need more than we need God. The more visible sin (lying) is driven by an invisible turn of our hearts toward something other than God as the ultimate source of security and happiness.
In invite you to name couple of things that separate you from God and pray the following prayer as we celebrate the Feast St. Ignatius of Loyola today.
Prayer for Detachment
I beg of you, my Lord, to remove anything which separates me from you, and you from me. Remove anything that makes me unworthy of your sight, your control, your reprehension; of your speech and conversation, of your benevolence and love. Cast from me every evil that stands in the way of my seeing you, hearing, tasting, savoring, and touching you; fearing and being mindful of you; knowing, trusting, loving, and possessing you; being conscious of your presence and, as far as may be, enjoying you. This is what I ask for myself and earnestly desire from you. Amen (Saint Peter Faber, SJ)
Father Vincent Vuong Nguyen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Monday, July 31 at 7:52AM