Text Box: Volume 16 No. 2          OF THE CHURCH
Text Box:     OF MAN WITH GOD   June 2007 A.D.

Who is the most perfect ‘doer of the word’, to slightly paraphrase Saint James? (James 1:22) The Blessed Ever Virgin Mary is the most perfect ‘doer of the word’.

She knew her Son came forth from God and was the Son of God through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. In her conversation with Saint Gabriel the complete truth of the Blessed Trinity - in-so-far-as it is possible for a human to comprehend - was revealed to her: that God is one God but three Persons, being God the Father, God the Son who is her Son, and God the Holy Ghost. All Text Box: ~ YOUR REACTION TO THE INJURED IS A MEASURE ~

From Metropolitan Archbishop Paul, S.S.B.
To the flock entrusted into my care:

When you observe an inured person does your heart go out to them? If the injury is of the heart, do you wish you could mend their heart? Are you frustrated if you can not determine a means by which you can assist that person? 

Does the thought enter your mind, that you may have caused the injury? Does this possibility horrify you? Does your mind seek every possible avenue by which you can help the injured person, and discover prayer is the only known answer but you worry that your prayers will not be sufficient?

How an individual reacts to an injured person is a barometer of that individual. It is a barometer of you and of me. It is a barometer of God - God being the positive and good standard. It is a barometer of the Devil -  the Devil being the negative and evil standard.

Some people observe an injured person and think of how they can take advantage of that situation. It is not just the rich who do this, such as land developers who perceive a natural disaster as an opportunity to obtain vast tracts at next to nothing prices - though there probably are some land developers who perceive a natural disaster as an opportunity to do good and then actually do good. No, this is true of all aspects of life. Though there are some good organizations and individuals, how many people are social workers because it provides a reasonable living? How many of these feel disgust and loathing for their clients?

How many people who operate organizations which state their goals are to feed children, provide clothing, medication, and other necessities of life for the needy, how many of these so do for love, and how many so do because they can make a lot of money doing it? And how many of the latter actually provide any assistance to the needy? How many drug rehabilitation centers really exist solely for the purpose of putting money into pockets of their operators?

There are many individuals and organizations which practice Charity for the sake of goodness. But there are many more who pretend to do good so that they can accumulate wealth, luxury, celebrity, and the accolades of men. Any good they do is incidental and accidental.

But not God. God sees us in the pain of sin, in the pains brought by our own sins and the sins of others, and His heart breaks for us. When our hearts break for the injured we are bringing God’s love for us into ourselves and sharing all of that love with the injured. When this happens God increases His love for us and that increases both our love for the injured and the intensity and level of our heartbreak.

It is not just parents who in their love for their children are frustrated at their inane Text Box:  The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil 
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