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Day 30

Admonition 27

Of the Virtues putting vices to flight. 1.

  1. Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance.
  2. Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry. (Cod. O omits this sentence.)2.
  3. Where there is poverty and joy there is neither cupidity nor avarice.
  4. Where there is quiet and meditation there is neither solicitude nor dissipation.
  5. Where there is the fear of the Lord to guard the house the enemy cannot find a way to enter. (cf Luke 11:21)
  6. Where there is mercy and discretion there is neither superfluity nor hard-heartedness.

 

I will be the first to say that I do not understand Francis’ rational in the relationship between some of these couplets.

  1. Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance.

The first is plain enough – love and wisdom overcomes fear and ignorance, the four cannot exist together, indeed “Perfect Love casts out fear”(1John 4:18)3. To be both foolish and wise is impossible.

2. Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry. (Cod. O omits this sentence.)2.

Patience and Humility cancels out, or puts to flight anger and worry – the patient person does not yield to anger, I rather think I shall never be patient since anger comes too readily.

In the Beatitudes Jesus told his disciples in Matthew ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.(5:5)4. The humility or meekness is Bless-edness and that one is already the inheritor therefore those for whom the Kingdom has come are the humble who are patient and neither worry nor anger.

3. Where there is poverty and joy there is neither cupidity nor avarice.

Poverty and Joy set to flight materialism and greed – and I believe Francis intended us to understand “Poor in Spirit” rather than outright monetarily challenged, it is in keeping with his previous Admonitions (Ad.14) that he should mean that. ( Note from tomorrow it is Poverty as in having no riches see “3 Ubi est paupertas cum laetitia, ibi nec cupiditas nec avaritia.”

Being poor in Spirit, hungering and thirsting after righteousness does make for joyfulness and puts thoughts of acquiring houses and land and things out of mind because the kingdom of heaven is more important.

“Job 19:25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
Job 19:26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:”‘ 5.

4.Where there is quiet and meditation there is neither solicitude nor dissipation.

This is the one that puzzles me because up until now the couplets have been plainly opposed to each other such that virtues and vices are obvious. However take the synonyms for Solicitude –

  • attentiveness
  • consideration
  • care
  • kindness
  • concern

In what manner are these vices? How is it that being Quiet is the virtue opposing them? Perhaps in taking care or in showing consideration and kindness, being concerned and attentive are at certain times ‘Noisy’ distractions that do not belong in that instance.

Nor dissipation:

  • Debauchery
  • Indulgence -sympathy,understanding,clemency and Absolution
  • Rakishness
  • Overindulgence
  • Degeneracy
  • intemperance

Meditation will keep us quiet and focused on God and purify our intentions.

5. Where there is the fear of the Lord to guard the house the enemy cannot find a way to enter. (cf Luke 11:21)

If we are in awe of God all these follow because we turn to God in constant prayer bringing all our needs and cares to God, unnecessary to utter any of these flights of vices only to know that God is here.

6. Where there is mercy and discretion there is neither superfluity nor hard-heartedness.

Where Justice and Mercy meet there is the perfect if uneasy balance between excessive tolerance and excessive hard-heartedness –Lacking in feeling or compassion; pitiless and cold.

you may like to read this:

“One of the best ways to analyze a theory is to see if it works. The Holy Father recommends that we priests get out more and embrace those who need forgiveness and healing. We are to welcome all and show the mercy of God to all.I love it. I love the devotion of the Divine Mercy. I think it is the answer to the world’s sorrows. I want to get away from my desk more and be with my people. I want to embrace all with the love and acceptance and mercy of Christ. I don’t want to condemn anyone. After all, we’re all sinners. But sometimes reality hits……”6.

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