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== Summary ==
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* Jesus' human nature was fulfilled in his beloved sonship with the Father.
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* Our fulfillment should have been initiated through our earthly Father
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* but this unfortunately seldom happens
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* as a result, we become psychologically wounded
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* and therefore in need of healing
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* healing begins with being able to "weep" about the wound
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** God has a way of "poking us where it hurts"
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We need to "receive our name" from our heavenly Father
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* knowledge <del>''of''</del> vs '''''about''''' something
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* Happens through proces of ''initiation''
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* cf. {{bibleref|Rev|2:17}}
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God is leading us on a journey
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* When things gets tough, we start asking questions
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** We want to ask "why?", but we should ask "what?" &rarr; "What are you trying to show me?"

Revision as of 16:39, 4 November 2019


  • Receptive love is foundational to identity, spirituality, and ministry
    • Before a priest can be a spiritual father, he must learn what it means to be a spiritual son (identity)
      • Called and then sent
      • Disciple and then apostle
    • Separation from this identity causes "workoholism" and burnout
We should spend some time every day (ideally in the morning) resting in our identity as beloved sons, priest or not!

Identity

We're all sinners, but the Father doesn't see us that way.

We are not the sum of our weaknesses . . . but the sum of the Father's love.Pope St. John Paul II

We are

  • Beloved sons
  • Saints in the making

This starts at our baptism

  • "Your baby has to die ... to rise to new life in Christ"
    • From "Trinitarian Creature" to "Adopted Son"

Receptive Love

  • Men are wired to provide, fix, do stuff; not very good at receiving love.
  • God has first loved us, and we can't give what we don't have.
  • Do you let God love you?
  • Everything we do is (should be) a response to what God has done for us: his love should "overflow" in us into our response(s)

The Parable of the Prodigal Son

  • Neither son has it right: neither can properly receive the Father's love.
    • Younger gives up and indulges in sin rebelliously
    • Older son tries to earn it through moral perfectionism, self-righteousness, and keeping busy
  • Many priests suffer the "Older son syndrome"
    • Issue not so much with jealousy at younger son, but with himself
    • Father says "You are with me always. Everything I have is yours," i.e., everything has already been given to him; he just hasn't accepted it.
    • Jesus says to his disciples, "All that the Father has, he has given me"

Prayer

  • No "right" way to pray... plenty of wrong ways, though
    • God calls us all differently, it's natural to expect to respond differently
  • "In the wounded heart of the Son"
    • Philosophy speaks of intellect and will to know and choose good, correspondingly, but where is the heart?
    • Anthropologically, the Bible says the Heart is the center of the person in which is found intellect, will, memory, affect, emotion
    • Thus the "Heart of God" is the source from which and target into which God pours his love
    • Jesus' heart was wounded by our sins manifested in the lance that pierced his side
      • And now we rest/remain in the love of his wounded heart
        • As the Father has loved me, so I love you; remain in my love (Jn 15:9)
      • "Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart more like yours"
  • Spiritual perfectionism is never productive
    • We're meant to be receivers, not doers; God does all the doing

The Vessel of Mercy by Pope Francis

Love

  • God's love is passionate desire
    • Imagery of marriage all over the place in scripture (e.g., Is 62)
  • God's love is eros ("erotic") and agape (self-sacrificial)
    • We tend to think God loves in the latter sense alone, but Pope Benedict invites us to pause on the former
    • OT describes unfaithfulness as prostitution
    • Both types of love revealed on the Cross
      • agape is obviously apparent
      • erose revealed in his thirst for our love: "I thirst", (La. sitio)
    • God goes to any length of agape to procure union with us (eros)... even to the cross
      • Rejection of this love is what breaks/wounds his heart
      • the word used in Hosea 11:8 (הָפַךְ; hâp̱aḵ; h2015) is the same one used in reference to Sodom and Gomorrah: expresses total collapse

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • We seek a human heart to which we can relate
  • at the same time, we seek an all-powerful heart that can draw us out of our fallen state
  • Both of the above are satisfied in the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Our goal should be to make his heart our very own:

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I choose you as my only refuge. Be to me strength in conflict, the support of my weakness, a light and a guide in the darkness of this life, and finally atonement for all my faults and the sanctification of of my desires and actions. I unite mine with yours and offer them to you, in order that you may come to me to unite me to yourself. Amen.St. Margret Mary

Littleness

not pusillanimity, but a child-like trust

  • If we do not possess child-like trust and faith, we fall into the trap of the world:
    • we seek importance, bigness, etc.
    • we start comparing ourselves with others: the direct work of Satan.
  • Spiritual "abandonment"
    • Not despair, but realizing that the ultimate plan is out of our hands
    • We are only instruments in God's design
  • Five loaves and two fish
    • "Grace makes of all our littleness the communion that satisfies the People" (Pope Benedict XVI)
    • "God says, 'I can do whatever I want with them'" (Fr. Swift)

Beloved sonship leads to service and pastoral charity.

Obstacles

Saturday 2019-10-26 formation workshop

  • All of us carry psychological wounds:
    • foremost core wound is from original sin
    • events from childhood: nobody's parents are perfect, and even the smallest event could have a wounding effect on a boy's life.
  • Father has largest wounding effect on boy
    • boy needs to hear affirmation and spend time with father
    • father can be absent, emotionally/verbally/physically abusive, etc.
  • wounds prevent us from receiving God's love
    • they might manifest themselves in strange ways in a boy's future as he continues to mature
  • Coping mechanisms to deal with life's hardships that last beyond what they should
    • "false scripts" that play in our subconscious self by which we continue to live
    • "pain storage" lasts forever in the brain
    • shame vs guilt:
      • guilt relates to "I did something bad"
      • shame relates to "I am something bad"

Look on handout for:

  • rejection
  • shame
  • confusion
  • powerlessness

Summary

  • Jesus' human nature was fulfilled in his beloved sonship with the Father.
  • Our fulfillment should have been initiated through our earthly Father
  • but this unfortunately seldom happens
  • as a result, we become psychologically wounded
  • and therefore in need of healing
  • healing begins with being able to "weep" about the wound
    • God has a way of "poking us where it hurts"

We need to "receive our name" from our heavenly Father

  • knowledge of vs about something
  • Happens through proces of initiation
  • cf. Rev 2:17

God is leading us on a journey

  • When things gets tough, we start asking questions
    • We want to ask "why?", but we should ask "what?" → "What are you trying to show me?"