“If the body is not humble, it will obscure not only the true love between man and woman but also that between man and God.” (42) This, I think, speaks again to the fact that if we do not have self-control, self-mastery over our selves and our will, then we are not going to be able to make an authentic, free gift of ourselves to an other. Only in a sincere gift of self, are we fully realized. So, in a way, if I wish to be free, truly free, then I must self-impose limits and truly discern the Lord’s will and conform my own will to His. Not for His benefit. But for mine. How very hard that is to remember, especially when there are so many things that I want, and try to convince myself that I need. Things will never do it for me, but they are so very attractive, sometimes it’s hard to see beyond the packaging and realize that it’s only a momentary distraction from that which is most important: my relationship with God. And not only in things of the world as in material goods do I need to be wary of forming an inordinate attachment, but also the very real danger in my own case of seeing myself as a thing or a commodity. If I do not see myself as having any value, what does that say about any attempt that I make to make of myself a gift for another? An empty gesture?
“The proper object of the will is the good as perceived under the light of reason.” (51)
“…the great philosophers have only one word to say and spend their whole life saying it.” (53) I wonder if this is related to the idea that priests have only one homily, which they will preach over and over…. 🙂