Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rupnik binge continues...(from chapter 4)

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...Since their thoughts then belong to God and they have handed themselves over to God, the Lord acts on them by acting in them. God enters into their hearts through their thoughts and feelings in a tender, kind way, seamlessly, without their feeling any force, any actions that are foreign to them, that might disturb, disquiet, sadden, or prick their consciences.

The thoughts and feelings inspired by the Holy Spirit present themselves in our hearts as an owner entering his own house, not knocking, not forcing open the door, but simply opening and entering because the house belongs to him. As a drop of water falls on a sponge and is silently absorbed without bouncing off or making noise, so the thoughts and feelings inspired by the Holy Spirit present themselves in the human heart. Or rather, they spring from the heart as an underground river simply appears. The heart recognizes these movements as its own, as belonging to it.

The enemy of human nature, on the other hand, acts in a way contrary to the Holy Spirit. He acts above all on our thoughts... The tempter pries into reason with violence, seeking to detach our throughts from this orientation [of sensing and tasting love], to make us trip up. He presents obstacles, exaggerates struggles, renunciations, and sufferings. He multiplies the reasons for not going forward...The enemy acts through disturbance, making the mind restless and provoking a certain state of fear, worry, and bewilderment. The enemy presents the journey as something strenuous and out of nowhere brings to mind dangers we had never imagined before.

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2 comments:

val said...

It is written: A woman shall compass a man and create a new thing in the earth (Jer 31:22), the man is Satan(Isa 14:16), the new thing revealed is turning the hearts of the fathers to the children. Satan has deceived the whole world (Rev 12:7), until the heel of time(Gen 3:15).Check out the bruising of Satan at http://thegoodtale.blogspot.com Please read all posts to see the whole picture.

Jane said...

Yep.