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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Do What You Want

Love God, and Do What You Want
(St. Augustine)
 
 
What can be said to one
who justifies sin –
whatever the sin –
and casts a jaundiced eye
at Scripture’s threat of
eternal judgment
that awaits
the persistently rebellious?
 
I’ve concluded
nothing can be said
to such a one
who loves the sin
more than God.
 
As Christ said:
Light has come into the world,
and men loved the darkness
rather than the Light,
for their deeds were evil.”
 
“Everyone who does evil
hates the Light,
and does not come
to the Light
for fear his deeds
will be exposed.”*
 
So I now counsel such as those
after the wisdom of tutors
such as Jesuit
Fr. Pedro Arrupe:
 
“Fall in love with God.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.”
 
“It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read,
whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
what amazes you with joy and gratitude.”
 
“Fall in love with God,” he said.
“Stay in love.
And it will decide everything.”
 
To live in persistent sin or not
is really reduced
to the simplest of questions:
“Whom will we love more –
our Creator, Savior and Friend –
 
Or ourselves”?
 
*John 3:19-20

5 comments:

Christian LeBlanc said...

"one who loves the sin more than God."

In class every year I tell the kids my problem is that I love myself more than I love God.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

There you have the heart of the matter.

Richard Maffeo said...

Christian, for all of us, I suspect that is the primary problem.

Barb, yes that is the heart of the problem. So why does it take so long to finally learn it -- at least at an intellectual level(?)

deodate said...

It's sometimes difficult to realize that love is a much more powerful motivator than fear. "Fall in love with God" these words and those of St. Augustine show a real relationship. Jesus wants our hearts.
Andie

Richard Maffeo said...

Thanks for commenting, Andie. That's what we are all trying to do . . . love Jesus better and better.