Into the battle of spirit on flesh,
spring forward with the frayed,
self does die as penance draws nigh,
though proud demons rage unstayed.
To seek holiness. That is the purpose of life. To know, love and serve God in this life and be happy with Him forever in heaven. We tend to forget that in this modern age. It takes effort. If you don’t work at your spiritual life you won’t have one. The call of the flesh is always. We need to work to overcome it all of the time. We can never drop our guard. The battle goes on.
“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” (Mt 5:6) Our Lord said. To hunger and thirst is to seek. We must seek holiness to find it. If we seek it we will find it. Our Lord said: “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” If we ask for holiness we are seeking it and it will be given. It goes without saying that if we don’t ask it won’t be given. Ask, seek, and you will find it. This door will be opened. He did not say it would be easy for us. He called it the ‘narrow path’. We are all ‘frayed’. We all need to make a monumental effort to overcome our nature and seek God. [snip] The Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis