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I feel sorry for your clients unless their [sic] all cloistered monks and nuns, they only would be able to meet your ridged [sic] demands and I doubt they would agree with you. I will pray for your clients. No true saint charged for their [sic] spiritual advise [sic].

 
The more you try to insult me, the more you reveal the depths of the very anger that blocks you from living a genuine Christian life, and the more you prove the whole point of this website.

But since anger usually derives from fear, you do offer a clue. For you to say that only cloistered monks and nuns could meet “my” demands shows just how much you must be afraid. By convincing yourself that something must be “impossible”—that is, that it must be just some irrational foolishness that has been made up by a crazy psychologist—you free yourself from any responsibility for making the effort to achieve it. And that’s precisely where many so-called Christians go wrong. Christ Himself warned us that many are called and yet only a few are chosen. In the story of The Rich Young Man (Matthew 19:16–30) He makes it clear what He demands of us: everything. This isn’t just a “rigid demand” that only monks and nuns can meet; it’s a demand for all of us.

    

One day, on account of some fault which I had committed, my Divine Master gave me the following lesson. “Learn,” He said, “that I am a Holy Master and One that teaches holiness; I am pure and cannot endure the slightest stain. Therefore, thou must act with simplicity of heart and with an upright and pure intention in my presence. Know that I cannot endure the least want of straightforwardness, and I shall make thee understand that, if the excess of My love has led Me to constitute Myself thy Master, in order to teach and fashion thee after My manner and according to My designs, nevertheless I cannot bear tepid and cowardly souls, and, if I am gentle in bearing with thy weakness, I shall not be less severe and exact in correcting and punishing thy infidelities.”

    

—Saint Margaret Mary,
Autobiography, 51.

Furthermore, in The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Christ tells us what will happen to those who out of fear refuse to serve Him productively: not only are God’s gifts taken from them, but they lose everything else as well.

Now, speaking about gifts from God, I don’t charge anyone for the privilege of reading this website; furthermore, I say plainly that you don’t really need to pay me for professional consultation to learn how to fulfill the demands of Christ, if only you are willing to pray properly. Nevertheless, when some individuals do pay me for my professional expertise, we have the words of Saint Paul himself (a very true saint): “A worker deserves his pay” (1 Timothy 5:18).

Thank you for your prayers for my clients. Maybe someday, instead of throwing around insults, you will even learn how to pray for those whom you dislike—as Christ “rigidly” demanded of us.

 

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