Spirituality worthy of Christ

Nikoli Berdyaev. wikimedia.org

“So what is this poverty by which Christ frees us and enriches us? It is his way of loving us, his way of being our neighbour, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbour to the man left half dead by the side of the road (cf. Lk 10:25ff ). What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love. Christ’s poverty which enriches us is his taking flesh and bearing our weaknesses and sins as an expression of God’s infinite mercy to us. It has been said that the only real regret lies in not being a saint (L. Bloy); we could also say that there is only one real kind of poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters of Christ.” — Pope Francis

“Spiritualty is in vogue these days. Everybody likes to say, ‘Oh, sorry, I’m spiritual but not religious.’ Well, sorry but you ain’t Christian. So much of what is called spirituality today is just dressed up egoism, focused on personal fulfillment and self-satisfaction, substituting spiritual pleasures for carnal ones. Oh, yes, we can talk about being really very self-aware, self-actualized, emptied of the ego, but it’s had without obeying the divine commandments and repenting 70 x 7 times to God and neighbor for our falls. It’s communing with a god of our own making. The holy Fathers say obedience to the commandments of God, war with the vices, submitting yourself to the demands of charity in God’s family, a church packed with smelly, stinky, unpleasant brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers you never woulda chose: this is spirituality. Real spirituality is obsessed not with ego-satisfaction, but it’s single-minded about God’s glory and the neighbor’s needs. The real test of real spirituality ain’t personal peace or contentment, it’s faithfulness in the blackest darkness, love without reciprocity, and joy in the monotony of daily duties. St. Maximus, who had his hand chopped off and his tongue cut out, said: ‘To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil — such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.’ That’s spirituality for the Christian. And St. James says that real religion means visiting orphans and widows (James 1:27).” — Fr. Tom Hopko

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” – Nikoli Berdyaev

“The bread which you hold back belongs to the hungry; the coat, which you guard in your locked storage-chests, belongs to the naked; the footwear gathering mold in your closet belongs to those without shoes. The silver that you keep hidden in a safe place belongs to the one in need. Thus, however many are those whom you could have provided for, so many are those whom you wrong.” ― St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great. cloisteredlife.com

5 comments on “Spirituality worthy of Christ

  1. Jennifer says:

    Perfect reflection for the memorial of St Maximilian Kolbe! Thanks for keeping it real and keeping me grounded.

  2. nos. says:

    Go St Basil you rock dude. Oh how I dislike the word dude.I have some growing in my weed filled garden as we speak, one of my favorites,the saint too.

  3. Victorious Love says:

    Refreshing words of truth plunging deep into my soul. “The real test of real spirituality ain’t personal peace or contentment, it’s faithfulness in the blackest darkness, love without reciprocity, and joy in the monotony of daily duties.”
    And wow… Wow…is all I can say about the following:
    “To harbor no envy, no anger, no resentment against an offender is still not to have charity for him. It is possible, without any charity, to avoid rendering evil for evil. But to render, spontaneously, good for evil — such belongs to a perfect spiritual love.’ That’s spirituality for the Christian.”

    St. Maximus, Intercede for the grace to have such audacious charity.
    Fr. Tom Hopko, pray for us.

  4. nos. says:

    “J” it’s on the way along with chocolate mint new to the garden this year, and a perennial favorite of mine pineapple sage ,enjoy enjoy enjoy…

    Victorious love , My nickname for you ” agape love in the making.” humble me LORD.

    Thomas I picked a book up at a yard sale today l think you will like it’s by John Bartlett titled familiar quotations. I’ll get your address from Micheal and send it along with the photo of Dustin F. May our GOOD GOD continue to use you to uplift so many love and hugs to you and yours. P.B.W.Y.

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