Disorder

January 8, 2020

“Everything we received as an occasion for life we have turned into an occasion for sin; everything we bent into an occasion for depravity will be turned into an occasion of punishment…First people’s hearts are disordered, and after them the elements.” (St. Gregory the Great)

 

“When we are disordered within, we perceive disorder without and lose our ability to clearly see the things of God. We are also a contributor to the disorder of the world because our inner state dictates much of our outward behavior. That is why it is so important to be ordered within our hearts. Today there are many obstacles and enemies to this, some new, some the same as ever. The use of technology without specific purpose is a huge one since much of it is designed on purpose to create addiction which by nature disintegrates and reduces us within. There are many others as well. The sacramental life of the church is all about reordering us within through the Holy Spirit. When we are ordered within, we know God better and we know inner peace, the treasure many seek but don’t know how to attain.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)

 

“Reliance on human solutions to mankind’s intractable problems is bound to fail. Life will only become uglier and more bitter. We find wisdom when we quit trying to solve problems of the heart by technical means, for scientific methods alone never will relieve spiritual disorder.” (Dynamis 11/16/2019)

 

“Spirit has a limit – not on God’s part, certainly, but on our part. Never doubt that the grace of our Master is all-powerful, inviolable, ever-merciful, and invincible unto the ages of ages. However, we know very well that we have the ability to override the prompting voice of the Spirit of God. When we fail and are overcome by the forces that assail us, we affront God’s goodness, break His commandments, disorder our lives, and literally put ourselves out on a limb. All is not lost when we stumble, however. In His compassion, God encourages us to repent, that we may labor once again with Him. For we “are Christ’s” (vs. 24) and we can “live in the Spirit . . . [and] also walk in the Spirit” (vs. 25). We may be “overtaken in . . . trespass,” but we can also be restored “in a spirit of gentleness” (vs. 6:1).” (Dynamis 12/1/2018)

 

“I shall repeat again: Maintain the conviction that our disorderliness is not natural to us, and do not listen to those who say, ‘It is no use talking about it, because that is just how we are made, and you cannot do anything about it.’ That is not how we are made, and if we undertake to cure ourselves, then we will be able to do something about it.” (St. Theophan the Recluse)

 

"What is brokenness? Where does it come from? Brokenness is the term that describes the fundamental disorder that exists in creation that affects a person's relationships and creative activity. We experience it inwardly in a way that St. Paul described as that pull between right and wrong where we know what is good but choose the opposite. Outwardly it is expressed by the scandals of greed, sexual abuse, and other crimes that seem ever more prevalent year by year.” (Father George Morelli)

 

“How is it that all nature, and everything in nature, is so wisely arranged, and moves in such wonderful order? It is because the Creator Himself directs and governs it. How is it that in the nature of man - the crown of creation - there is so much disorder? Why are there so many irregularities and deformities in his life? Because he took upon himself to direct and govern himself, against the Will and Wisdom of his Creator.” (St. John of Kronstadt)

 

“Reliance on human solutions to mankind’s intractable problems is bound to fail. Life will only become uglier and more bitter. We find wisdom when we quit trying to solve problems of the heart by technical means, for scientific methods alone never will relieve spiritual disorder.” (OCPM 7/25/2016)

 

 “When we abstain from practices that disorder our loves, and in that time of fasting redouble our contemplation of God and the good things of Creation, we recenter our minds on the inner stability we need to create a coherent, meaningful self.” (Rod Dreher)

 

 “Our Lord Jesus promises that a right-side-up world is coming, a world which He calls the kingdom of God. Furthermore, He undertakes the essential corrective action to straighten out the present disorder. Let us rejoice, for the restorative power of our Lord is available to everyone today!” (Dynamis 5/14/2018)

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