Posted by: wordofthevine | February 1, 2018

What the Virtues Teach us About Holiness.

For me, often when I hear about the virtues, I sometimes tune out. How exciting. Sometimes, they have seem more life the dos and the don’ts of the spiritual life rather than something so real and impactful. While I know we have to be resolute for holiness and often structure holiness by ordering our practical choices so we can better manage our behavior, we have to practice the good choices, we also receive the inspiration and capacity to make good choices through particular graces.

Venerable Concepcion Cabrera, Mexican mystic, wife and mother received a lengthy teaching from the Lord called, Of the Virtues and Of the Vices.  In this collection on the virtues, Concepcion receives the words, “In the harmonious union of these virtues is where interior silence rules, a silence that nothing can disturb, the tranquility of a would empty of its own love, that doesn’t think anymore except in terms of loving of sacrificing itself for the beloved. The Holy Spirit blankets it, feeds it and gives it life. In this tranquil calm of the divine garden or field of the virtues, this is the place where the soul, emptied of all that is not God, tends toward Him and intimately unites itself with Him. It is here the ego finds its total fulfillment , and the soul, through sanctification of love, breathes only God.”

Think about your own life and approach to being virtuous. Do you actively seek good habits so you can radiate the loving presence of God to others, or does the spiritual life seem like a process of just following the rules? For more, join us for a discussion on February 7, 7 PM, CST on facebook live with Word of the Vine facebook page. ~ Mary Kaufmann, Director of Incarnate Institute.

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