A book of prayers to the Holy Face of Jesus
Endurance Of The Soul
“Endurance” is defined as:
- the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
- an event that takes place over a long distance or otherwise demands great physical stamina.
Have you ever tried to discern what the soul is capable of enduring? And if we want to strengthen and purify our souls what would be required
Think of your soul in the way that you might look at a sponge
Without water, that sponge shrivels and dries up and virtually has little use!
But add water to that sponge and it can take in and hold much more than it’s own size! A sponge then has many effective uses–to cleanse, to comfort and console, and it can be regenerated and serve its purpose whether filled with hot or cold water.
But for the soul to be capable of serving its purpose and to its full capacity it needs living water! It needs to be wrung out of any dirty water it holds now and refilled with the living water.
Back to “endurance.” Then for the soul to grow it has to endure the process of wringing out the dirt and filth it tends to collect, it needs to be dipped in freshwater whether hot or cold depending on its intended use, and it needs to be used then to comfort and keep clean other people and other places to stay pure and healthy
But it takes constant wringing out of the dirt that it has attached to it and absorb fresh clean water! Living water! The soul then needs frequent confession, and the word of God, and the living waters of the body and blood of Christ through the Eucharistic miracle
For the soul to endure and reach the finish line to the reward of this life which is eternal life in heaven, we need the “soul food” of the Word, and the Word made flesh, found in the Mass, and the Sacrament of Confession to expunge the sins that consume the space in our souls, and prevent us from fully receiving all the living water in its undiluted form!
“False Gods have no substance! All of nature fulfill the order commanded by God or allowed by him!”
“Draw near to our Lord! We are a royal priesthood, called to proclaim the perfections of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
1 Peter 2