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What are the passions?
"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.
"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." --Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
This quote is actually painted on a wall in my breakfast nook. I read it every day, and when I fear defeat I take self-encouragement one step further. Here's how:
If you saw the movie Alice in Wonderland, think back to the scene where Alice bodly agrees to slay the Jabberwocky: She stands with sword in hand in the shadow of a towering dragon and talks herself into believing she can achieve victory over the evil she faces.
"Six impossible things. Count them, Alice! One: There's a potion that can make you shrink. Two: And a cake that can make you grow. Three: Animals can talk. Four: Cats can disappear. Five: There's a place called Wonderland. Six: I can slay the Jabberwocky."
(In the end, she beheads him.)
Here's how I talk to myself when I face an obstacle that towers over me:
Six impossible things. Count them, Wendy!
One: I live freely from the affects of child sexual abuse.
Two: And my husband has been clean and sober for six years.
Three: I'm not college educated and yet I'm a homeowner.
Four: My marriage survived my husband's battle with addiction.
Five: I wrote a book!
Six: I can slay the Jabberwocky.
There ya go. See how this works? Now it's your turn. Make a list of five things God brought you through that you once feared you'd never overcome or accomplish. You know what to do . . .
For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4: 13)
Published on Friday, November 9, 2012 @ 11:41 AM CDT