the light, courage and one’s will

“When you pray, you only have to ask for two things:
You should ask for the light to see the will of God,
and you have to ask for the courage to be able to do the will of God.”

Venerable Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz


(my own peter cottontail / Julie Cook / 2018)

This is the question that arises over and over again,
particularly in our hour of a new paganism and also of a new longing for God:
Is the light of God, the light of Jesus Christ, hidden under the bushel of our habits,
our indifference, under the flood of our words,
so that beneath them the word can no longer shine forth?
Or can it emerge and once again become light for all who live in God’s house,
in his creation?

Joseph Ratzinger
from Teaching and Learning the Love of God: Being a Priest Today

7 comments on “the light, courage and one’s will

  1. ColorStorm says:

    ‘New paganism.’ Ha! Maybe a new suit of clothes on a mannikin.

    Btw, don’t you dare in the least feel intimidated by the knuckleheads who visit my blog (or yours) to stir strife or try to create havoc; to have your voice silenced is taken as a victory by the miscreants of godlessness.

    Your voice is needed, even as a gentle reminder that God has many people who have not bowed the knee to Darwin or DeGrasse.

    • Thank CS— I’m not yet ready to quit my small soapbox — you know as well as I that somedays are just harder than others— especially when you sincerely offer openness and kindness—
      But Jesus found that not always possible early on in his ministry— and when those who visit spew vileness my way or particularly towards my guest— well what sort of hostess would I be if I continued allowing such to happen —
      ☺️

      • ColorStorm says:

        Others should take a cue as to Southern charm, but know that Miss Scarlett can on occasion display some righteous anger……. lol

      • I know right?! When I was growing up I always wanted to be more like Melanie but like that t or not, I was more Scarlett— and there is a tenaciousness in all of that which can serve one well when push comes to shove

      • ColorStorm says:

        Spiritual tenacity, I call zeal. That’s always a good thing, as long as it contained in the banks of truth and grace.

        Like you say, sometimes the grace runneth over, it’s that living water thing. 😉

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