GeE 121: Humiliations That Lead To Peace And Grace

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121. To act in this way presumes a heart set at peace by Christ, freed from the aggressiveness born of overweening egotism.

Just to reinforce my own commentary: humiliation as imposed by a powerful person on a vulnerable person is a grave sin. The assumption would be the experiences of our life, the consequences of our actions, and such. From the Psalms, guidance:

That same peacefulness, the fruit of grace, makes it possible to preserve our inner trust and persevere in goodness, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4) or “a host encamp against me” (Psalm 27:3). Standing firm in the Lord, the Rock, we can sing: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8).

And the witness of the Christian era:

Christ, in a word, “is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14); he came “to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79). As he told Saint Faustina Kowalska, “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to my mercy”. [Cf. Diary. Divine Mercy in My Soul, Stockbridge, 2000, p. 139 (300)] So let us not fall into the temptation of looking for security in success, vain pleasures, possessions, power over others or social status. Jesus says: “My peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world gives peace” (John 14:27).

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to GeE 121: Humiliations That Lead To Peace And Grace

  1. Liam says:

    PPS: On the other hand, maybe so many Catholic preachers have a sense that generosity is not a strong virtue in their parishes.”
    Though the stinginess of first century Jews being the implicit pretext for a “miracle” of sharing and caring is not exactly edifying either. (Using silence of the scripture text is a sword that can cut in more than one direction.)

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