“I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
I want to share a suggestive quote found thanks to browser searching: “Pontius Pilate, standing before Jesus the Christ, asked Him, “What is Truth?” He asked the wrong question. If he had asked, “Who is Truth,” Jesus would have revealed Himself as “the Truth’ to him”. Gary Amiraul
¡Yes there is! Do you remember when Lord Jesus taught us to build on solid bases and not on weak ones. Well the Three Pigs story is a sort of graphical example of what happens according to how you act.
Jesus says: «Everyone who keeps on hearing these messages of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. But everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.» (Mt 7:25,24)
The Three Little Pig story goes like this: «There was an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough to keep them, she sent them out to seek their fortune. The first that went off met a man with a bundle of straw, and said to him, “Please, man, give me that straw to build me a house.” Which the man did, and the little pig built a house with it.
Presently came along a wolf, and knocked at the door, and said, “Little pig, little pig, let me come in.”
To which the pig answered, “No, no, by the hair of my chiny chin chin.”
The wolf then answered to that, “Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.” So he huffed, and he puffed, and he blew his house in, and ate up the little pig.»
The anthropomorphic pig is like the man who built his house on sand, and «The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.»
The lesson is clear. One does not need the example of all three pigs, two suffice.
«The third little pig met a man with a load of bricks, and said, “Please, man, give me those bricks to build a house with. “So the kind man gave him the bricks, and he built his house with them.
So the wolf came, as he did to the other little pigs, and said, “Little pig, little pig, let me come in.”
“No, no, by the hair of my chiny chin chin.”
“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.”
Well, he huffed, and he puffed, and he huffed and he puffed, and he puffed and huffed; but he could not get the house down. »
There it is. Sold build houses don’t break down easily, they resist.
In Matthew 7:25, we read, «The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. »
One has to build upon the solid rock of faith and the teachings of the Holy Church, otherwise the foundations will be weak and the house easily torn down.
The follow-up of this story can be seen in the Bad Wolf maneuvers against the prudent Pig. «When he found that he could not, with all his huffing and puffing, blow the house down, he said, “Little pig, I know where there is a nice field of turnips.» You can continue to read the children story with its clear metaphors of what is life and the devil wolf trying to destroy your way in happiness with the Lord.
Anger seems to be a problem for many persons not only in our time, but obviously of ancient also.
There are as many definitions of anger and its scope, as there are proposal to manage it. But what about the Catholic perspective? Well, as just said above there are many definitions and suggestion of how to manage it.
To deepen a little (incompletely) on the idea of anger, lets just say it is a passion, and outburst, a quite negative rage, a hostility, a desire for vengeance. But, properly, anger seems to be a response to the arousal of an emotion, passion. But not any response, but one grounded in aggression and even hatred. Real anger is not a faint or feeble experience, but a strong desire to hurt someone because one thinks or believes that such someone has hurt you in any way. In this sense, anger is a really a “bad” thing: it goes against Charity. It is a sin. Its characteristics are to be “excessive, revengeful and enduring…the anger which seeks to ‘get even’, to repay in kind, bump for bump, punch for punch, eye for eye, lie for lie…” (The Seven Capital Sins, Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen).
Agape, Christian love, is about willing the good of others and acting upon that decision. Jesus Christ prayed on the cross: “Father, forgive them; they do know not what they are doing. ” (Lk 23: 34) The plan of life for a follower of Jesus is set by Him: Love. And to what extension should we struggle to love? The Lord answers: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…” Those are not empty or innocuous words. They are a golden key to walk in the path of Salvation.
Two years back, Sister Gertrude Gillette, a Benedictine nun, published a quite interesting book on anger. She investigates four ancient authors: Seneca, Evagrius Ponticus, Cassian & Augustine. They all belong to times long past (1st to 5th century), but as authentic classics the highest excellence of their works makes them as new today as they were in the past. “Four Faces of Anger” is quite a interesting introduction to how this deep thinkers understood anger, and the proposals to cope with it.
In reading the book, one can get a quick glimpse of their unique approaches. Nonetheless, it shows Sister is not quite all familiar with the vocabulary of some of the authors she presents. But, one of the richness of her approach is that anger is seen from the view point of community life, as well as regarding the personal realm.
Particularly, the Catholic authors she studies are little concerned in what anger is from a psychological perspective — though their treatment of anger offers this element . Their focus is placed on how the vice of anger inhibits the spiritual growth of the inner self, is a hindrance to human communion and a serious obstacle to relationship with God.
People, at least a good number of them, say it is easy to life a Christian Life. Well, it is not. The Holy Spirit inspires answers in different times to help people better follow Lord Jesus.
This is a publication on an specific Catholic Path, the one called Sodalit Family. It’s origen is found at the end of the sixties. It’s nucleus was baptized as Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV). It’s founder is L. F. Figari, who actually is suffering very strong slander media campaing, character murder, Vatican burocrats persecution, gay lobbys in judicial systems, it looks like all all sort of persecutions and ill caracterization. One could apply to Figari what we read in Matt. 5,11. “11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me“. The SCV is the flagship of an spiritual family, aproved in 1997 by Saint John Paul as of Potifical Right.
L. F. Figari is one of the dozens of Founders that have been persecuted in different sort of ways. Many are very famous, but not to embarrass certain Church authorithies or the members of the institutions that revolted against them, the application to them of the blessings of Lord Jesus and their suffering are omitted.