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Saturday, April 30, 2011

The difficulty of being in filth and not defiled

I should add that St. Catherine's prescription for the proper use of possessions does come with side-effects:
Which charity and love unspeakable, when it is in the soul, holds itself not content in the common state, but desires to advance further. Thus from mental poverty it desires to advance to actual, and from mental continence to actual; to observe the Counsels as well as the Commandments of Christ; for it begins to feel aversion for the dunghill of the world. And because it sees the difficulty of being in filth and not defiled, it longs with breathless desire and burning charity to free itself by one act from the world so far as possible. If it is not able to escape in deed, it studies to be perfect in its own place. At least, it does not lack desire.
If you want to hold your possessions as a true disciple of Christ, you run the risk of wanting to let go of your possessions as a true disciple of Christ. And that can make for awkward conversations with family.

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