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Saturday, 15 August 2015 14:04

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

This is what we have to follow in life, a kind of law to guide us in our earthly sojourn. We have to make it an attitude that should take root in our system and that later on would grow the appropriate skills and habits.

We need to be faithful because there ultimately can be only one purpose in our life. And that is nothing other than to know, love and serve God, as our catechism tells us so clearly, and to love everyone else, regardless. We are made for loving. That’s the design our Creator has given us. We should not alter that design. We have to be faithful to it.

But we also need to be innovative, constantly innovative, in fact. And that’s simply because we have the notorious tendency to fall into routine, complacency and lukewarmness, which is the silent, steady and treacherous process of dying of the spirit, our true life principle.

If the spirit dies, we would be at best a living dead, a most radical contradiction we can have. And our spirit dies when it separates itself from its origin who is God. This is a truth that we need to be reminded of very often, since we always tend to take it for granted. Put bluntly, we cannot live as we ought without God.

That is why Christ gave us this indication: “Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” (Mt 13,52)

We need to know how to blend the traditional and the innovative, the old and the new, the absolute and the relative, the more or less stable culture and the appropriate passing fads.

In a higher level, we need to know how to put into an organic whole the sacred and the mundane, the faith and the sciences, arts and the technologies, the eternal and the temporal aspects of our life, etc.

Given the naked reality on the ground, we need to examine and question the status quo of our life many times, since we tend to do well at the beginning of any endeavor, then start to deteriorate as we go along, until we end up badly.

This has always been our lot and we should not be