Saturday, 1 February 2014

MEDJUGORJE | THE WORK OF THE DEVIL

MEDJUGORJE the DEVIL'S WORK  AND THE THREE SPIRITS OF THE INTERIOR LIFE

john konnor

......the discernment of spirits is essential for anyone who professes to be a lover of Christ...this is why if one chooses a more arduous and trying spirituality..one must become aware of the myriad snares of the devil or the strivings of the ego and finally be acquainted with the light yoke of the spirit of God which to the ego may seem at times intolerable due to its nature of being the stubborn ass which St. Francis aptly described it...

...this summary will deal with the action and characteristics of the spirit of the devil which as many know is subtle beguiling and diffident to reproof, bitterly inclined toward destruction yet at the outset it will scatter a semblance of Good before its prey in order to lead into the catacombs of the minotaur or the unsuspecting short sighted single eyed spirituality of the self... that is why spiritually we have two eyes as a mirror of the physical world..in the spiritual eyes we have proper discernment which understands good from better and best and bad from worse to worst..the passive eye sees and the active eye understands (discerns)..it is faith and reason working together....of course subtle shades of grey appear along the way and if one is fresh in the spiritual journey they will still be prone to the call of the ego when the way of CHrist grows dry and wearisome....

..if we are availed of charity then we will pine for the salvation of each other and so when we see good souls drawn to calamity we should rightly offer assisstance and so it goes....

...here from a celebrated spiritual master is an excerpt from the Three Ages of the Interior Life:



...as we see in the image above the devil pipes unsound doctrines into a person's head turning them into a piping hypocrite indeed making discordant sounds as a bagpipe full of error...one says they love the Church yet they ignore her Bishops acting within their scope ..one says they have devotion to Mary yet they are not humble like Mary is in spirit and do not submit themselves to sound advice from their spiritual superiors (local Ordinaries) Bishops conferences ie Zadar commission stating it is not possible to realize anything supernatural occuring at MEDJUGORJE...indeed such advocates seemingly cannot endure a reasoned approach since they are entranced or under a spell..they are told to use their heart and the devil knows the way to one's desolation is through feelings and desires since it is through the desires and the lower appetites that one can be brought into intellectual submission and sold into spiritual slavery.....
 
 

THE SIGNS OF THE SPIRIT OF THE DEVIL

...by REGINALD GARRIGOU-LAGRANGE, O.P.



The devil first lifts us up by inspiring us with pride, subsequently to cast us down into trouble, discouragement, and even despair. To recognize his influence, we must consider it in relation to mortification, humility, and the three theological virtues.
The devil does not necessarily, as nature does, disincline us to mortification; on the contrary, he urges certain souls toward an exaggerated, very visible, exterior mortification, especially in centers where it is held in honor. Such a course of action keeps pride alive and ruins health. But the devil does not incline a soul to the interior mortification of the imagination, heart, self-will, and personal judgment, although he sometimes simulates it in us by inspiring us with scruples about trifles and great liberality on dangerous or serious matters. He gives us a great opinion of ourselves, leads us to prefer ourselves to others, to boast of ourselves, unwittingly to pray like the Pharisee.

 
This spiritual pride is often accompanied by a false humility which makes us speak ill of ourselves on certain points in order to hinder others from speaking ill about us on another point, and in order to give the impression that we are humble. Or indeed it makes us confound humility with timidity, which is rather the fear of re­buffs and scorn.

 
Instead of nourishing faith by the consideration of the teaching of the Gospel, the spirit of evil draws the attention of certain souls to what is most extraordinary and marvelous, of a nature to make us esteemed, or again to what is foreign to our vocation. He inspires a missionary with the thought of becoming a Carthusian, a Carthusian with that of going to evangelize the infidel. Or, on the contrary, he leads others to minimize the supernatural, to modernize faith by the reading, for example, of liberal, Protestant works.

 
His way of exciting hope is to give rise to presumption, to lead us to wish to be saints immediately without traversing the indispensable stages and the way of abnegation. He even inspires us with a certain impatience with ourselves and with vexation instead of contrition.

 
Far from causing our charity to grow, he cultivates self-love in us and, according to temperaments and circumstances, makes charity deviate either in the direction of a humanitarian sentimentalism of extreme indulgence, or toward liberalism under the guise of generosity, or, on the contrary, toward a bitter zeal, which chides others indiscriminately instead of correcting itself. He shows us the mote in our neighbor's eye, when there is a beam in our own.

 
Instead of giving peace, this spirit engenders dissensions, hatreds. People no longer dare to talk to us; we would not put up with contradiction. An encumbering personalism can thus lead a man to see only himself and unconsciously to place himself on a pedestal.

 
Should we commit a very evident sin, which we cannot conceal, we fall into confusion, vexation, discouragement; and the devil, who veiled the danger from us before the sin, now exaggerates the difficulties of turning back to God and seeks to lead us to spiritual desolation. He fashions souls to his own image; he rose through pride and he fell in despair.

 
Great care must therefore be exercised if we have lively sensible devotion and come forth from prayer with increased self-love, preferring ourselves to others, failing in simplicity with our superiors and director. The lack of humility and obedience is a certain indication that it is not God who guides us.
 
.... indeed we see lack of holy-humility and obedience to superiors and spiritual directors is a certain indication that God is not guiding us...


...remember the devil does not show his horns right away..he is a consummate spirit of insidious trickery... this spirit adopts different cunning guises (masks) and so let us all be wise and vigilant....so as not to be fooled by superficial veneers of piety....

....let us all inspired by a spirit of humility and zeal for spiritual introspection and punctiliousness call to mind our own impetus for love and by doing so reach out to those who are most in need...

...As Jesus had said in the Gospel to the God fearing woman that her faith had healed her..if one understands that faith is a gift from God which causes the intellect of man to be raised to a more divine inclination and so such an act cannot be made by the human will alone... since man cannot raise himself to a higher potential without divine aid and so in an interior way God moves the soul...

The Pelagians held that this cause was nothing else than man's free-will: and consequently they said that the beginning of faith is from ourselves, inasmuch as, to wit, it is in our power to be ready to assent to things which are of faith, but that the consummation of faith is from God, Who proposes to us the things we have to believe. But this is false, for, since man, by assenting to matters of faith, is raised above his nature, this must needs accrue to him from some supernatural principle moving him inwardly; and this is God. Therefore faith, as regards the assent which is the chief act of faith, is from God moving man inwardly by grace.




-Summa Theologica (Question 6. The Cause of Faith, Article 1. Whether faith is infused into man by God?)...

...indeed we can see also that since God does not contradict himself we will see that a phenomenon which may be said to be an instrumental aid to grace cannot subvert the Church and Its heart where Christ dwells as the fountain of all graces...so we see Faith and the manner of healing will not come about through contradictory channels..in short God will not move souls to contradict his magisters and the successors to his apostles...so we see that God is logical and rational...and any genuine healing or miracle must occur directly through Jesus the sacraments and then other Church approved instrumental channels which do not supplant proper Church dictates....since many apparent cures happen at other Non-Christian Holy Sites this is not a verification of supernaturality since God is not his own enemy unless such a healing moves one toward his Heart which resides in the Church..all grace pours from Christ and all faith is gifted by God and faith is the vehicle for miracles so we see that temporal locales whether curiosity or belief stanchioned remain only phenomenological spiritual artifacts for the quickening of faith and are not the direct sources ....indeed the devil has been known to cause sickness in an agent and after a time remove the offending cause and thereby consummate an apparent miraculous healing.....

...although Kabir the Philospher makes a cogent point about the efficacy of artifact without faith ..still a voice for the spirit of the world (rational relativism)....without faith one is bent and blinded .... chained by sin in the cave of rational relative sense with a back to the divine seeing the shadows of things as they are absolutely passing through the periphery of our subjectivity... it is through faith we are healed and set on the path to true actuality....

“There is nothing but water in the holy pools. I know, I have been swimming there. All the gods sculpted of wood or ivory can’t say a word. I know, I have been crying out to them. The Sacred Books of the East are nothing but words. I looked through their covers one day sideways. What Kabir talks of is only what he has lived through. If you have not lived through something, it is not true.”

...without faith we are spiritually and intellectually amaurotic ...a slave to sense....let us not blind our faith by empiric realism.......

......as John of the cross says....
 


Those who now desire to question God or receive some vision or revelation are guilty not only of foolishness but also of offending God by not fixing their gaze entirely on CHrist but by living with the desire for some peculiar novelty
 
......amen