Beads of Joy 10-13-10
Get The Evil Within Us Out
©2010 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
It's All About Jesus - Ask Mary 3/5
That is a strong title and an even stronger principle for us to ponder today. St. Louis de Montfort has a truly special way with his words when it comes to what it is about our corrupt bodies that must be removed. Some of his writings are best shared straight from him. "Our actions, even those of the highest virtue, show the effects of it (the evil sediment left in us by sin). It is therefore of the utmost importance that, in seeking the perfection that can be attained only by union with Jesus, we rid ourselves of all that is evil in us. Otherwise our infinitely pure Lord, who has an infinite hatred for the slightest stain in our soul, will refuse to unite us to himself and will drive us from his presence." St. Louis de Montfort. This is why it is so important for us to really truly sell out and be followers to our Lord with all our hearts, with no distractions. Unfortunately some of our greatest distractions that taint our souls are: selfishness, pride, hatred, anger, self-love, self-will, and so much more.
Do you see how today's principle is so vital for us to tend to. In scripture it shares it like this, "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first." Hebrews 3:12-14. My brothers and sisters we must sincerely be so filled with a love for our Lord; that our love for Him reigns over all that we do, and think and feel. We all have our own lives to clean up, to help get ourselves back on track. I don't speak with any authority, rather I speak as a brother who is deeply concerned about all of us. Please consider today's principle as one of the most important principles for us to follow and embrace. For if we even have but a spec of tainted sin, sin that puts ourselves first before God; St Louis de Montfort says, "All our good works will be tainted by self-love and self-will so that our greatest sacrifices and our best actions will be unacceptable to God. Consequently when we come to die we shall find ourselves devoid of virtue and merit and discover that we do not possess even one spark of that pure love which God shares only with those who have died to themselves and whose life is hidden with Jesus Christ in him." Quoting him is so much more powerful than me paraphrasing him.
Please consider reading the book by St. Louis de Montfort, "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin" Your life will never be the same. I also recommend another very powerful book called, "Preparation for Death" by St. Alphonsus Liguori. These two books along a couple of others will change your life. Today we also get to see what St. Louis de Montfort further recommends we do to help us in this principle. Sharing these most special words in this principle, can only once again be shared directly by St. Louis de Montfort, "Thirdly, we must choose among all the devotions to the Blessed Virgin the one which will lead us more surely to this dying to self. This devotion will be the best and the most sanctifying for us. For we must not believe that all that glitters is gold, all that is sweet is honey, or all that is easy to do and is done by the majority of people is the most sanctifying. Just as in nature there are secrets enabling us to do certain natural things quickly, easily and at little cost, so in the spiritual life there are secrets which enable us to perform works rapidly, smoothly and with facility. Such works are, for example, emptying ourselves of self-love, filling ourselves with God, and attaining perfection."
How much have we gain by today's reflection? Hopefully a lot. I pray that leading many to St. Louis de Montfort's writings will help every single one of you deepen your own spiritual lives. Jesus asks us to follow Him. Alone is can be very difficult, but together, we work together looking out for one another seeking only to help each other to the feet of our Lord and then ultimately to Heaven.
United We Stand
United we stand, in His sight
Let's help each other along the way,
United we stand, ain't that right
Let's together grab our Rosary and pray.
United we stand, we are so not alone
Let's help, get on our knees together in His love,
United we stand, don't let one of us roam
Let's be the one in times of trouble to stand above.
United we stand, as a family tree
Let's be rooted in the love within our heart,
United we stand, Jesus has made us free
Let's lock arms and pray the Rosary from the start.
In love we pray, "Jesus. I trust in You."
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO
Today we pray the Glorious Mysteries
1. The Resurrection
2. The Ascension
3. The Descent of The Holy Spirit
4. The Assumption
5. The Coronation