Faith is not knowledge!

Faith is not the human act of merely consenting to theological knowldge but it is the divine act of submitting both our Intellect and Will to God's revelation. If the Intellect alone is employed, knowledge remains simply as true and good life-giving information. It does not transform our life nor does it give life. Faith without action is dead. Jam 2:26 Will is the faculty of the soul which seeks to love that which is known. And 'loving' is not simply liking the information but the act of becoming what we have come to know. In other words loving is to freely act upon the information in such a way that knowledge becomes a living experience. If I come to know that in order to sustain my life I must drink water and if I do not act on this information and drink water, this knowledge does not do me any good.  In order for my faith to be active and alive, my Will has to be in harmony with the Intellect. It also means both my Intellect and Will should be surrendered to God. The di

Interior Detachment

We are more keen to appear holy than to be holy. The prayers uttered are often a recounting of our own goodness. It becomes a mere hypocritical act to praise ourselves and to hail us better than others.

We are obsessively content with exterior display. We are content if we look good in the eyes of others. This is vanity, pride masquerading as humility. Our prayers do not pierce the clouds, instead destroys what is left of spirituality within us.

In the eastern tradition, during the lent, the monks would disperse themselves into the desert far from each other. The penance, self dedication, mortification etc that they do were only known to themselves and God. Even when they are back in the monastery, nobody asks what they did. This was done so that no one does anything in order to look good in the eyes of the other, but purely for the love for God.

True humility is unpretentious and is effortless. For the humble, his own sinful nature will always be a reality before him, even if he has command over them. He does not fail to acknowledge the mercy of God, that permits him to stand in His presence despite his unworthiness. For him to regard others greater than himself comes naturally without effort. He takes delight not in what others think of him but in walking in the ways of God. He does this despite condemnation and misrepresentation from others. He counts sacrifices as gain and beneficial. He is content within, and joy does not depart from him. His ways are well founded and he is sure footed. He is like refreshing water that quenches the internal ache. He is able to expose the folly of men and guide them to Truth.

All of us have a void within, that aches to search and unite with God. Spiritual poverty is detachment to exterior things that smother down and mutate this internal ache.  We ought to preserve our internal void from external infiltrations and free the soul to enter into a super natural union with God. The nothing within soon becomes everything.


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