Purification by Temporal Losses

The Lord added these thoughts to the ones already rattling around in my head about pruning. I think he might be trying to tell me something. 😉


Father Geiermann writes: “As human affections are more easily centered on temporal than on spiritual goods, the purification of sensitive nature is usually perfected by temporal losses.” These may be of four kinds:

1. “God may deprive man of goods that are external and independent of man, as material possessions, relatives, and friends. Their loss is often felt most keenly. Holy Job gives us an admirable example of resignation when thus afflicted. ‘The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord so it is done: blessed be the name of the Lord’ (Jb 1:21).”

2. “This purification is sometimes accomplished by the loss of honor and power. Honor is the esteem of men, power the influence we have over them. Ambition, or the desire of honor, may be inordinate in three ways: by desiring undue honor, by desiring honors for self without reference to…

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