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The demonizing of words, at the instigation of the devil

> A quotation directly from Wikipedia's Therese de Lisieux page.
> Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our father's
> love ù difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's
> miseries, her burdens, her needs ù everything, because through them,
> she learns humility, realizes her weakness ù Everything is a grace
> because everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or
> its unexpected events ù to the heart that loves, all is well.
> And another:
> Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you-
> for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart...don't
> listen to the demon, laugh at him, and go without fear to receive the
> Jesus of peace and love...

True Christian development leads to the private realizations and understanding like that. God deals with individuals. Many churches and preachers and Christian writers will mock you if you say such a thing. They usually are wearing very worldly garb. Suits and ties, or casual wear that the world wears. They are afraid of not looking like everyone else in the world. You can't turn humiliation into understanding when you are afraid of being alone with yourself. When you are afraid of not being a part of the crowd.

I read of some very on-the-mark though CHURCH-ORIENTED theologians who later in life it is said they became mystics. You can't help but become a mystic if you are developing as a believer. I mean, a separated-out one (sanctification). I know 'mystic' has alot of meanings, but I mean one who is alone with God and not afraid of being alone with God. Against the world.

Of course a robe by itself doesn't do it. Bare feet are not a necessity. Being not afraid to be alone with yourself is a necessity, and being not upset if the world finds you to be disgusting (the world can be very shameless in expressing itself towards those unafraid to fear - and be alone with - God only.


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