Monday, November 13, 2017

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Love justice, you who judge the earth; think of the Lord in goodness, and seek him in integrity of heart; Because he is found by those who test him not, and he manifests himself to those who do not disbelieve him. For perverse counsels separate a man from God, and his power, put to the proof, rebukes the foolhardy; Because into a soul that plots evil, wisdom enters not, nor dwells she in a body under debt of sin.

Loving justice means not only embracing the wisdom that leads to right judgment, but living holy lives that reflect that wisdom. Knowing and doing are two different things. We can be wise in thought, but foolish in practice because we do the things we do not want to do. Like Paul we do what we hate in spite of knowing it is wrong. No one is perfect, the key is to be the best we can be by obeying the commandments, following Jesus’ teachings, and listening to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. This means denying our sinful passions, being willing to suffer in order to do what is right and good, and turning our backs on temptations. Only then will our hearts be open enough to receive wisdom, act upon it, and truly love justice.

Are we living wise lives? How can we align our thoughts, words, and works so they are both wise and righteous? What can we do to uproot evil and grow goodness within our hearts?

O Lord, help us to live lives filled with your righteous wisdom.


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