Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How to battle Lukewarmness

Our life does not make sense if we are not following Our Lord closely

He comes to bring us the fire of his love, which fills our pointless lives and make sense of them. Every Christian soul full of the love of God is that tree of which the responsrial psalm speaks of; "the tree whose leaves never fade". It is Christ himself who gives it life. But if Christian allows his love to grow cold, if he allows self satisfied mediocrity to creep into his soul, then he will develop a spiritual sickness

The persons mind and heart become as it were blind and deaf; as a result of their negligence the person can no longer see or hear Christ. Their soul feels emptied of God and that person tries to fill that emptiness with other things

We must realize that there is a cure for every disease of the soul, including that of the lack of love. We have only to employ the right means in the order to re-discover Christ. The hidden treasure who once gave meaning.

Isolated faults do not lead to tepidity or lukewarmness, This sickness of the soul is characterized by the fact that one more or less deliberately treats venial sin lightly.

Even if someone still frequently commits venial sins, it does not mean that he is tepid or lukewarm , provided that person is sorry for them and try to fight against it. Tepidity is a state of conscious and deliberate lack of fervor, a state of enduring carelessness and half heartedness

Tepidity or lukewarmness is the result of prolonged carelessness in the interior life. It usually follows a whole string of small infidelities who un-repentet guilt has come between the soul and God. There is no struggle or only pretended and effectual struggle, to be better.

The state of tepidity is like a gentle slope down which the soul slips further from God. Almost without noticing, it becomes content with not going too far.  Where there is tepidity or lukewarmness , there is no true worship of God in the Holy Mass; lack of love and preparation make Holy Communion itself cold.  In this sorry state the tepid soul looses all desire to get really near God.  To sum up, You are lukewarm if you carry out lazily and reluctantly those things which have to do with God.

To prevent or break out of it, , we need to increase our determination to struggle again tepidity or lukewarmness, which will involve taking great care with our daily examination.  Contrition makes the soul young again. Remember, God always forgives, but we must get up , repentant and go to Confession wherever necessary.  Our Lord take our failures into account, but he also expects from us many little victories in the course of our days, we will never fall into self-satisfied mediocrity, into carelessness, into lovelessness.

Fr. Fernando "In Converstation with God"

Sample examination of conscious from a prayer book

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