Sunday, March 22, 2009

Led Astray Unwittingly

In this world truly we have to follow Jesus' advice. "Remember, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be cunning as serpents and yet as harmless as doves" (Mt. 10:16).

There have been many ideologies that came and have now mostly passed away. Well I just heard that it's still there partly covering its face. I mean those ideologies that in the past, with their high sounding words and analysis of situation, were able to convince people even to the point of using arms of violence. We just have to be careful. "The devil is a murderer and the father of lies" (Jn. 8:44).

It's good to remember some important sayings of the saints since they could lead us back to the right track. Two Carmelite saints, for example, St. Teresa and St. Edith Stein.

St. Teresa is quoted to have said this statement in her writings: "Much wrongdoing would be avoided if we realized our business is to be on guard, not against men but against displeasing the Lord." St. Edith Stein is quoted also as saying this: "Do not accept anything as love if it lacks truth, and do not accept anything as truth if it lacks love."

The Bible, God's unmistakable word, teaches: "Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbor; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments" (Rom. 13:10). What about the grandiloquent ideologies of our day, fomenting hostilities and judgmental attitudes? God's word, the standard of justice and right living, asks of us only love, forgiveness, peace and unity (2 Tim. 3:16-17). With all the destruction resulting from past worldly ideologies, even for the loss of many vocations unwittingly led astray, when will we ever learn?

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