O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dealing with Abuse the Christian Way

"He was offered because it was his own will, and he
opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the
slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his
shearer, and he shall not open his mouth." (Is. 53:7)

Let the abuse you receive be endured as a penance unto the conversion of the one abusing you. In His passion, Christ the Lover of Mankind did not retaliate against His Bride rejecting Him, nor did he "give in" and approve of those rejecting Him doing so. Rather He endured their abuse and mockery in the passion as a penance for their conversion, rendering the actions of sin self-destructive. The more He is rejected, the more suffering Christ the Bridegroom has in which to offer Himself to the Father. The greater the suffering in the sacrifice, the greater the merits of the sacrifice.

It is something best lived out by Fools for Christ. Such saints, at the base of it, provoke others into persecuting them so that they may have more suffering in which they can offer themselves to the Father. They often keep to themselves, live destitute lives, frequently pester the people they encounter, looking for more suffering in which they can offer themselves to God. They are the guys who, in a persecution, instead of fleeing or going into hiding like most Christians, run towards the persecutors flaunting their faith wanting more intense tortures to offer a more difficult sacrifice of themselves to God. The grace of Holy Foolishness is certainly given to few.