Thought of the day
12/12/2019 6:46:58 AM

Thought Of the Day


"The kingdom of heaven suffers violence" (Mt 11:12)

How can we overcome the sinfulness that is already firmly established within us? We must use force. "A man snatches himself from perdition by self-discipline" (cf. Prv 16:26 LXX), always striving to raise his thoughts to holiness. We are not forbidden to resist force with force. If in any ascetic task we exert force, however slight, then "remaining in Jerusalem" we can wait for the "power from on high" (cf. Lk 24:49) which will come down on us. In other words, if we persevere in unceasing prayer and the other virtues, there will come upon us a mighty force, infinitely stronger than any we ourselves can exert. This force cannot be described in human language; in its great strength it overcomes our worst faults of character and the malice of the demons, conquering both the sinful inclinations of our soul and the disordered impulses of our body. "There came a sound from heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind" (Acts 2:2) and this force from heaven drives out the evil that is always forcing us into sin. Let the fire of your prayer, ascending upwards as you meditate on the oracles of the Spirit, burn always on the altar of your soul.