Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 16, A.D. 2003
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
We may easily consider the admonition of St. Paul to the Hebrews to
"harden not our hearts" as rather superfluous to us, the faithful ones.
But the fact of the matter is that we, "the faithful ones", are not
fireproofed against the loud, inflammatory and strident tones of "the
world". Whether through television, the internet, loud rock music, or
the lax example of neighbors and acquaintances, we are all vulnerable,
especially in weak moments of discouragement, fatigue, or the old enemy:
concupiscence. In the unguarded moment, we may, in effect, harden our
hearts to the inspiration and direction of the Holy Spirit and choose an
easier path than the one God is urging us to follow. What can result is
a gradual hardening of our spiritual sensitivities.
I think therein lies the value of the daily spiritual examination of
conscience, engaged in at bedtime or at midday. Satan, as a raging lion,
roams about seeking the ruin of my soul. Every day I need to be on the
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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