Compartmentalization

Ordinary Time 6/Epiphany 6
Sexagesima Sunday

Internet Monk – Living In One Room

Given that Ash Wednesday is bearing down on us in 10 days time, one of iMonk’s latest articles is well worth prayerfully reading & pondering over.

I daresay most of us are guilty of compartmentalizing our faith and life at some point in time, even if we don’t intentionally start out wanting to do so or we. I am no exception to this (sadly so). 😦

I will be returning to this post by iMonk a lot during my 2009 Lenten observance.

For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God though Jesus Christ our Lord! So then with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 7:14-24 NRSV

Christe eleison.

Time to get ready to head out to St. John’s Cathedral today for divine service. Dom Michael King OSB is in town and I’m looking forward to catching up with him after Mass this morning. I might even be able to have a chat with him about my very delayed wish to visit St. Mark’s Benedictine Abbey for a retreat and to eventually become an Oblate of that Benedictine house.

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