Posted by: fvbcdm | October 10, 2014

Feast of Saint Francis Borgia (10 October 2014)

If you read spiritual books written a couple of centuries ago, you will find that the word “God-fearing” is frequently used. But we almost never encounter it today.  Fear is no longer fashionable, even when used in the sense of “God-fearing.”  That doesn’t, and didn’t, mean that man is to cower or cringe before an angry, cruel, punishing God. It simply meant that we should relate to God the way well-raised children relate to their parents: with love, with respect, and with a fear of offending them or causing them grief. It is a known fact that we relate to God the way we related to our parents when we were children.  If we were taught to respect and obey and fear to offend them, then our relationship with God will be what it should be. But nowadays, some misguided parents try to be a buddy to their children, and that doesn’t work. That is not what God intended in the human family, and certainly not what He intends in our relationship with him. There is an essential connection between God-fearing, obedient, and humble.

In the book of the prophet Malachi, God tells us: A record was written before him of those who fear the Lord and trust in his name. “And they shall be mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “my own special possession . . . and I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him. Then you will again see the distinction between the just and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him.” Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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