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"The passions are the feelings, the emotions or the movement of the sensible appetite--natural components of human psychology--which incline a person to act or not act in view of what is perceived as good or evil. The principle passions are love and hatred, desire and fear, joy, sadness, and anger."
(Compendium CCC, 370. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2006) The Compendioum's source on this topic is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas.
I'm concerned about my son. I've been concerned about my son. Last week my mounting concerns stacked so high I needed a new word for concerned.
This heartbreak is a big part of my life. But it's not the only part of my life. Other parts of my life are joyous and full of promise and long awaited opportunities. Life is a wonderful and awful mixture of things. And from what I can see, so is the human heart.
One morning last week when I felt markedly more down than up, I surfed the Internet for any semblance of sanity encouragement. Thank you, Austin New Church, for the helpful pod-cast. Thank you, Brandon Hatmaker, for the reminder that I was not created with the full-on capacity to wrap my mind around all of the hows and whys and whens of life.
Brandon shared a story of a young theologian who'd gotten himself worked up over a particular doctrine that a seasoned pastor had shared from the pulpit. When the service ended and the pastor was challenged by the gentlemen who saw [it] differently, he simply replied, "Young man, sometimes you just have to let God be Sovereign and let your mind suffer."
So here it is. Exactly what I needed to hear to hush the myriad of hows and whys and whens that would not be quieted with the 100% true anthem: God is in control.
In regards to my son. I wish I knew how to reach him. I wish I knew why this is happening. I wish I knew when it will all make sense.
But I can't see how. And I don't know why. And I wonder when this storm will pass.
Meanwhile, I pray. Prayer is powerful.
I praise. Praise is potent.
And I proclaim: Sometimes ya just have to let God be Sovereign and let your mind suffer.
You are not alone,
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Pod-cast #8 in a series called Knowing.
Message Title: Knowing: Approaching God
Messenger: Brandon Hatmaker
Published on Saturday, September 5, 2015 @ 2:43 PM CDT