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TOB Tuesday: Into the heart Part 2


This ToB Tuesday we are focusing on info from Into the Heart Part 2. Again these are my random notes that I took, of points to remember and ponder.

Christopher West expanded on the Nuptial union, which shows a call to deep intimacy with God: a union that is spousal, St. Theresa says we are all called to this deep union. The human body whispers to us the innermost secrets of God. The bookends of the Bible using the analogy of marriage unlocks the meaning of life. Marriage and eternal life, that God wants to fill us with life.

The union of man and woman in marriage is the foundation of the entire sacramental order. Of who Christ is and of who the church is.

Love involves the gift of self. Spousal love is that of total self-giving, and in human experience that is shown in marriage. And this is the mystery of the Trinity, the life-giving union of man and woman gives a minuscule glimpse into the life-giving union of God. It is the Primordial sacrament.

“May all be one like I and the father are on”. God made them man and woman and called the two to become one, the fundamental unit of life. Humans are the only ones created for their own sake. Never meant to be used, to be used is to violate the dignity of the person. Spiritual or mystical marriage is the ritual surrendering of one to another, as God surrenders to us and we are supposed to Him, analogous to consummating a marriage. Spiritual mysticism/growth tends towards ever more intimate union with Christ, and this union is called mystical as it participates in the mystery of Christ.

3 stages of the journey on which we are all on. Purgative, illuminative and unitive are all aspects of the way for we never leave any of the stages behind.

Purgative: a firm resolve of will to follow God, despite the fact that we feel a rebellion to it, purged and cleansed of our disordered desires. Continent but not yet virtuous. Continence is the ability to contain the disordered desires. Virtue makes it easy to get to self-mastery. Observance of the commandments is purgative and leads to the illuminative way. God illuminates our lives, we begin to seem more like Him, we move from continence to virtue. Values are lights which illuminate existence. We become ever more aware of the gratuitous beauty of the body. We begin to feel less and less burdened by the struggle against sin, we come to move with ever greater freedom.
The unitive stage is a move from betrothal to consummation. The fullest expression of union with God. It involves a total transformation into Christ. Think of a log on fire, there is no difference between the fire and the embers, so there will be no difference between Christ and the person. There are two nature’s in one Spirit and love. Creation then takes on its true glory.

Caterina Zino, our lives have to be Christo centric.

TOB Tuesday : Choose Life


Yesterday we had another TOB session and as usual there is so much information.

Random notes that I felt I had to write down.

The heart of christianity is Christ, God taking on flesh. Good is an eternal love bomb explosion.
An opportunity for us to allow the light of christ to come two into our heart. We grow up in a pornographic culture, we must fill the hunger of love to good f

od, which means exposure of our hearts.
Our hearts are the deep interior self, but we will never know who we are if we don’t open our heart to God and to others. Here is a battle between good and evil, deep on the heart, st Paul, fight against the self.
We look at physical realities to point us to spiritual realities. CCC the heart is our hidden centre, only the story of God fab fathom the human heart and know it fully, it is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic drive, it is where we choose between life and death, it’s the place of encounter, ‘CCC 2563’ a call to live in relationship. It is chiselled in our bodies, they do not make sense by themselves. We don’t recognize this easily because our hearts are wounded and in need of healing…. For your hardness of heart Moses allowed divorce, but in the beginning it was not so.
A prayerful study of tob in informational and transformational.
Try and achieve harmony between faith reason and the heart each give to the other. The immensly profound bond between love and truth awaits.
St. Augustine says prayer is an excercise of desire. Be not afraid of your desire, for these on the depths we find that which launches us to transcendance. It opens us up to receive the gift of God. The vessel that is our hearts must be made larger and cleansed of the vinegar, so that we can be filled with the infinity of honey, love. It is a painful groaning of the spirit of of the heart.
Man remains a being that is incomprehensible to himself if he does not encounter love.
Paul 6, humane vitae. We need an adequate anthropology on being human.
What does it mean be human?
How do I live my life in a way that will be bring true happiness?
He gave them the law of life as their inheritance…… I have given you blessings and curses, death and life… Choose life!

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