“What I do, I do not understand… For I do not do the good I want.”

“Miserable one that I am!”

It’s as if these words have been my very own

these words of Saint Paul (within his Letter to the Romans, chapter 7);

though for me, just last week, they had a particular health-&-wellness twist to them…

For, at times, I see within myself “another principle at war with the law of my mind, taking me captive” (Romans 7:23),

or off route, at the very least.

So, there I was, rather ruined (miserable & unable to function) throughout that evening & night, into the following day as well—all because I resisted, and decided to say “no” to what I have long known to be good for my own well-being.

Maybe you, too, can relate.

For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want…

I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want… [But] the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… {So] if we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.” [St. Paul to the Galatians, chapter 5]

In choosing, then, to let the flesh (and folly of “feelings”)

rule over the “law of my mind” and wisdom,

just last week, I failed to do the good [the healthful things] I want…

all because (for a few days) I didn’t feel like following a simple regimen known for helping me avoid migraines (and for helping me, at the very least, avoid fatigue) as the days roll on—even though I’m well aware of this “tendency” [risk] of mine to develop a potential problem—generally, only if I fail to counteract certain conditions (my “triggers” &/or impending signs).  So, sure enough, my silly “rebel” ways did bring me then to where I didn’t really intend to go at all, resulting in such wasted (barren) time.  Then again, maybe not such a complete waste after all… For we know all things can work for good for those who love God (:so why not this rotten headache of mine; including that which led me to it) doing some good, too!  …All helping me to reflect ever more now on the ways of Wisdom, versus the ways of human folly; and to also grow in self-knowledge—that I may improve, moving forward, through better understanding;

leading me once again to turn to our family of Saints, and their words of wisdom—for the sake of wellness (body & soul)

and for the sake of God’s will within my everyday life…

So no longer just wasted time—but fruitful and blessed, with the grace of God.

And, speaking of not wasting time, I love Saint Josemaría Escrivá’s wonderful way of getting straight to the point! …as in the following wise words from him, which especially spoke to me this week, penetrating my heart ever more.

Per St. Josemaría Escrivá:

“When you feel oppressed by your weaknesses, don’t let yourself be sad. Glory in your infirmities, like Saint Paul, for children can imitate their elders without fear of ridicule.”

“Your own will, your own judgment: that’s what upsets you.”

“Temper your will. Strengthen your will.  With God’s grace, let it be like a sword of steel. Only by being strong-willed can you know how not to be so in order to obey.”

“The enemy [says]: “Will you obey, even in this ridiculous little detail?”  You with God’s grace [say]: “I will obey, even in this heroic little detail!”

“Don’t disregard the little things… For by the constant practice of repeated self-denial in little things, with God’s grace you will increase in strength… In that way you’ll first become master of yourself, and then a guide…”

“Many great things depend—don’t forget it—on whether you and I live our lives as God wants.”

A glance at the past. To bewail it?  No: that is useless!  To learn: that is fruitful.”

 Wise, indeed! 

Still further, I wondered: 

How else have I been rebelling against wisdom…

and that which does the body [and soul] good, well beyond the matter of just suffering a headache?…

Do I know, and am I able to recognize, the “triggers” in my life that likely lead me into trouble—more likely not to do the good I want?…

Have I seriously considered how choosing to act against the “law of mind” and Spirit will hurt me, and those around me, today or in the days/years to come (if not addressed); how it hurts my “wellness” for both body & soul?…

And how might this take away from what I have been called to be—to do in a given time? 

How, then, might I become more mindful of my everyday way?

Knowing ourselves is something so important that I wouldn’t want any relaxation ever in this regard… So I repeat that it is good, indeed very good, to try to enter first into the room where self-knowledge is dealt with… to make more progress in our self-knowledge.  [And] …we shall never completely know ourselves if we don’t strive to know God.St. Teresa of Avila (in chapter 2 of the First Dwelling Places of Interior Castles)

Way quote. Lord that I may have Wisdom IIIAll wisdom is from the Lord…[And} the fullness of wisdom is to fear the Lord…

Knowledge and full understanding [wisdom] rains down…”!  −from Sirach 1:1,19

And speaking of Wisdom, The Word shall now have last word…

“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” [from Luke 11:28]

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” −words of Jesus [from Matthew 7:24]

“Do not be deceived, my beloved… Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves… a doer who acts… shall be blessed in what he does.” [from James 1:16,22,25]

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Cursed is the man… who makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a barren bush in the wasteland that enjoys no change of season… Blessed are those who trust in the Lord; the Lord will be their trust…’  Heal me, Lord, that I may be healed; save me, that I may be saved, for You are my praise.” [from Jeremiah 17: 5-10, 14]

“…choose discipline… and you will find wisdom.” [from Sirach 6:18]

“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus… May the God of peace Himself make you perfectly holy… entirely, spirit, soul, and body…” [from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18,23]

  “Hear, O Lord, have mercy on me.  Lord, be my helper.

[For] You changed my mourning into dancing” !!

[from Psalm 30:11-12]

Way quote. Rise and Act_ezra[Yep, just do it, Eileen, the good you want. –”All in all!”]

2014.–The Way to Nourish for Life.


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