Saturday, December 08, 2007

Advent with Fr. Hecker: Day 7

The real effect of the theory of the Church is to isolate ourselves from the outward world, withdraw from its enjoyments and live a life of sacrifice of the passions. This is one statement. Another would be this: All these things can and should be enjoyed but in a higher, purer, a more exalted state of being than is the present ordinary state of our minds. The only opposition to them is when the soul becomes sensual and falls into their arms and becomes lost to higher and more spiritual objects. Then there is the life of the man of wealth, of pleasure, the scholar, the divine, etc. all of which have their pleasures and griefs. (Diary, May 4, 1843)

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