Sunday, 10 August 2014

MEDJUGORJE | THE MYSTICAL TREE OF PRAYER...

from...THE CELL OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE....THE CUNNING PRAYER OF MEDJUGORJE

 
 
..on a soul’s journey to God a balanced life of virtue is altogether necessary...for the virtues may be taken in a symbolic sense to be our hands and feet and all the senses of a bodily nature..yet this should be taken to be understood in a spiritual sense..so it follows our eyes denote discernment by which we may practice prudence and work our salvation in fear (temperance) and trembling (felicity)...when one trembles out of love such a soul is ensconced with solicitude...solicitude is a fruit of charity..as we are told in the Gospel without charity we are nothing..since God is the cause of charity in all things..and he indeed has created us from nothing...


 
..accordingly if we are to practice prayer in just manner we must first imbue our prayer with temperance...for temperance is nothing more than the fear of the Lord..or more rightly fear of the loss of the Lord’s beneficence...yet so that our temperance does not drag us down into desperation and sorrow from thinking of our sinfulness and our short life which is empty without God..we must append to our temperance the thought of God’s mercy..and in this way our prayer becomes balanced...for if we pray while thinking our time is short and our need for correction of faults is great (reform) then we must understand that also the action of God’s mercy in such a sincere  soul is also great...and so the two virtues of temperance and hope meet...with the two concerns in our minds of avoiding evil (temperance) and the belief in God’s mercy (hope) which actuates within us the desire to do good we are able to move forward in prayer...

 
..it is with the staff of hope and temperance that we are able to support our soul in all good action...thus we are equipped to climb up to the peak of perfection which is the perfect love of God..which can only be begun in this life and realized in the next...


...and so everything for God must be done swiftly and gladly..swiftly out of fear and gladly out of hope & a loving trust in his mercy...it follows we must obey our spiritual Authorities swiftly and gladly..through temperance and hope and love...

 ..for it is prayer of this kind which is most pleasing to God...for this is prayer which characterizes poverty of spirit..which is nothing more than mortification of the will...and it is impossible to have any reward from God without this sort of prayer...so that anyone who fasts, or does strict penance or who preaches very cunningly will not receive such a great reward as that soul who perseveres in simple prayer guided by the staff of hope and temperance...since holy obedience is borne out of temperance.. we obey those precepts from God who we fear the loss of due to the privation of good which will occur if we deny the efficacy of his precepts...

 

..yet we see at the phenomenon in MEDJUGORJE...there is not this balance of hope and temperance..there is no obedience borne of temperance ...for with most adherents we have hope in God’s mercy..yet we have no fear of God’s ordinance which comes through the office of the local BISHOP..as well as the decrees of HOLY MOTHER CHURCH...




...the culprit at MEDJUGORJE is IGNORANCE..affected in some cases supine or crass in many cases...it is ignorance which which makes people value penance..such as fasting, kneeling, saying many prayers with no interior disposition but only the sake of the length and quantity..such people think that bodily work is able to take them to the heavenly abode..and they do not understand the value of the spiritual virtues....this is why a REVERENT affection is required..yet in MEDJUGORJE we do not see this..we see affection without reverence to the precepts of HOLY MOTHER CHURCH....and so such prayer is empty of virtue yet it is full of bodily emotion..and this is a character of the spirit of the world which is not entirely of GOD...it is a product of fallen man or ORIGINAL SIN...it is borne of concupiscence...

 

..this is why fasting cannot replace charity..for charity is a bond of love which unites one to the other through holy fear and hope..while fasting without virtue becomes a pious exercise with no merit in itself rather it becomes a concord of wills opposed to the precepts of MOTHER CHURCH which occurs in many schismatic sects....




...and so now we must understand that reverent affection when borne out of temperance and hope may be compared mystically to a tree full of FRUIT...

 

...fear (temperance) becomes the root of the mystical tree of prayer..since this is the part which is the anchor and enclosed in the ground...hope becomes the part which is above the ground..and in this manner our hope is the trunk and the branches of the tree of prayer...since our hope is certain in the certitudes of the deposit of the faith in this way it is a strong trunk and upright in righteousness..and since this hope stirs us to do good works it is the branches which reach out to others in the spiritual life...

 
..the FRUIT of the mystical tree of prayer is the reverent affection...as long as our reverent affection remains attached to the tree..this means to say as long as we do not trust in God and all his precepts of HOLY MOTHER CHURCH then the fruit of our prayer retains the green smell of the tree (the self will)..this is not poverty of spirit..but inordinate self love..which bears the fruits of spiritual gluttony borne of pride and denial of any authority but one’s own.... and this is a fruit most fit for servants rather than for the KING (GOD)...yet when we separate the fruit (reverent affection) from the tree at the right time it becomes ripe and pleasing and tender since it is the fruit of TRUST & FAITH..without obedience to God’s ministers there is no trust and our fruit is green..yet when we obey God’s apostles who are acting within their authority and who do not condone sin our fruit is ripe and pleasing to God..since this is the fruit of justice and charity...since we do not withdraw any good from God’s ministers which they are owed due to the power of their Authority which has been vested in them by GOD himself....

 

..and so such ripe fruit is no more than loving GOD for HIMSELF..and not for any benefit or any gift which we wish to receive..but rather for the sake of the community of believers which we have been given the grace to love God in the first place..  to strengthen the unity within the Church....

 

..let us all examine ourselves with a conscience that is guided by the precepts of HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.....amen