I think of our Holy Father and his last day today with this passage:
“My daughters, in Latin, abjection is called humility, and humility – abjection. . .Nevertheless there is some difference between the virtue of humility and that of abjection, because humility is the recognition of one’s abjection. Now the highest degree of humility is not only to recognize one’s abjection, but to love it. This is what I have urged you to do.” -Saint Padre Pio
Now obviously in this quote Saint Pio was either talking to his female lay disciples or a group of Religious, but the context of the message still stands. I am over-whelmed by our Holy fathers humility in relinquishing the Chair of Saint Peter. His resignation should be a stronger message to us all, not one of sadness or of disappointment. His message should be one of humility, and of the importance of prayer. The fact that the Holy Father will now cloister himself to a life dedicated to prayer, especially in these times, is of great comfort to me.
We should all practice abjection and that practice, is in turn, humility. To abstain from the evils of this modern world is a task that is almost in-surmountable. The mountain is high. The presence of sex, filth, sin, is constantly around us. The invention of media has made it even larger. But we can also utilize this media, as I hope I am doing, to combat this ever changing, evil plagued world. One way, is the way of humility. Abject to the things that are around us. Repent for our sins. Understand that there is a greater good at work. How can you make it? The second part is prayer.
“Prayer is the best weapon we possess. It is the key that opens the heart of God.”
“Pray, pray to the Lord with me, because the whole world needs prayer. And every day, when your heart especially feels the loneliness of life, pray. Pray to the Lord because even God needs our prayers.” -St. Padre Pio
Prayer is what sustains us. Prayer, and then reflecting on prayer is how God will answer us. Never underestimate the power of prayer. Pray often, pray every day. Pray as if it was your last. Pray for God’s forgiveness, but most of all pray for God’s grace to drive you through the day. Pray for the conversion of souls. Pray for abjection to temptation and sin. In this world, where evil is objectified and in many ways glorified, pray for abjection from it. Pray for the strength to realize when you fall into the folds of the status-quo. Pray for a better life and times for our children, one that is not filled with the temptations of evil. Raise your sons in daughter in a life that is Christocentric. Never forget to teach them humility, and therefore abjection. Challenge them, to be different, to abject, and to embrace that abjection. God Bless.
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