Posted by: journeytochrist | October 17, 2008

Cap It Al S in

As the Spiritual Exercise moved on this week into examining the darker recesses of my soul, I found that it’s getting more difficult to keep up with my daily meditation.  So without further delay, my entries for the last few days on Capital Sins:

Monday, October 13, 2008 – Supersize Me

If there was a sin that I committed on a daily basis, it would be this one.  It’s not really obvious, but now that I’ve reflected back on my life, or at least my adult life, Gluttony was always present in some form or another.  The strange thing is, I never recognized it as sinful, and thus, I’ve never confessed this sin.  I thought that gluttony was for those who stuff themselves with all kind of food uncontrollably, and so I just didn’t see myself doing that.  The truth is, whenever I knowingly chooses to eat unhealthy food to satisfy my cravings, that’s gluttony.  Whenever I ate beyond fulfilling my hunger, that’s gluttony.  Whenever I am finicky about what I eat, that’s gluttony.  Even more striking is that the other lesser known forms of gluttony doesn’t have anything to do with food.  Like when I indulge in an activity that in the end is a time waster (watching movies, playing video games, social outings, etc.)  So, in the end I supposed gluttony is really anything that I overly consumed without moderation.  More stuff in me, less room for God.  Less stuff in me, more room for God.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for opening my mind so that I can be in tune with the Father’s Will.  Help me to decrease my self so that you can increase in my life.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 – Undesirable Beauty

Lust.  Just the word alone, for me, conjures up all kind of thoughts and images designed to reduce the human body to mere object of desire.  It whispers to me the primal urges and suggests that I can satisfy the need by simply giving in and devour with my senses the easily and abundantly accessible pornographic media.  Only by the graces of God that I am able to fend off the constant attacks and see through the empty promises that lust offers.  On the other hand, I need to praise God for all the beauty that He had place in the world–not for my glory or anyone else, but for His glory alone.  It is in this view that I need to remind myself whenever I am subjected to lustful temptation.  Yes, I am weak.  But God is strong, and He’s my shield against this most sinister and cunning of Sin.

Father of the Most High, I thank you for all the beautiful creations that you have made in you image.  Lead me to appreciate them and give glory to You, because You are truly the Beautiful One that I hope to eternally adore.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 –

I’ve been trying to remember a time when I got angry.  And just now, as I type this, I am reminded of my last argument with Loni.  Thanks, Holy Spirit, for guiding me to this thought.  I guess it was hard for me to recollect my disagreement with Loni, or any disagreement with Loni for that matter, is because I was in the wrong and refused to acknowledge it.  Why is it so hard for me to accept my shortcomings? It must be Pride, but that’s going to be a different meditation later in the week.  Yes, anger has its place in my life.  But thanks be to God, I haven’t had any major physical or emotional breakdown because of it.  There was a time anger caused me to live life recklessly, to the point of abandoning God.  I was full of self-pity and didn’t want to reconcile with God or with anyone else.  But God was always there, waiting for me to cool down and submit to His love.  I sure didn’t know it then, but now I know God was constantly comforting me, and patiently allowing me to come to Him on my own.  How wonderful is that?  Can I hope to do the same to my fellow man?  Can I be patient for the truth to prevail?  With God’s help, I know I can overcome.

God of All, you send your Son Jesus to the World, so that one day we may experience Your eternal Peace.  Help us to live in Peace with one another here on Earth, so that we all can come to You, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Posted by: journeytochrist | October 16, 2008

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