How do we know that prayer and penance governs the world affairs?

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Monastery | 0 comments

“For my justice hath the Lord brought me in to possess this land, whereas these nations are destroyed for their wickedness.” (Deuteronomy 9:4) Our sanctity governs the temporal and spiritual affairs of the world. Our Lady of Fatima 1917 told us that nations will be annihilated. Sacred Scripture tells us that this destruction is according to the physical act. But remember too destroy can also pertain to the soul. How many souls are destroying their souls at this moment? The world is currently killing their own souls with mortal sin. “Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15) Our sanctity as religious comes from obedience. As religious we must cure the disobedience of the laity. We are the examples of sanctity and godliness. We are suppose to be the light of the world. When a laymen, lay women, or other religious are lax in their obedience, then we must pick up the slack of others meanwhile carrying our own cross. That is what it means to be a saint. “Bear ye one another’s burdens; and so you shall fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Obedience governs the world. The penance of a religious is obedience. A monk’s sole purpose in praying is so that he can perfect his obedience. Our Lady of Good Success told us that monasteries and convents were constructed by God to purify the air from sin. “We are the good odor of Christ unto God.” (2 Corinthians 2:15) A soul that is in the state of grace is emits a holy odor as talked about by St. Teresa of Avila in the Interior Castle. This holy odor rises to the throne of Heaven. But realize, how many souls are in the state of mortal sin! This odor is so disgusting should we be permitted to smell it we would die instantaneously!
Br. Raphael

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