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Musings 2002/173

Sin and Health
Looking at the health of the body as something of a guide in our quest for what is gravely disordered, we are able to accept that cyanide could be most harmful and even cause death. Therefore, we would not take the stuff at any cost.
If the doctor said the drug he prescribed will do a great deal of good so long as we do not overdose, we then ensure that we restrict ourselves to the amount prescribed.
From these points, we observe that there are certain rules and parameters which we are obliged to strictly follow if we wish to have physical health.
God has prescribed rules and parameters for our spiritual health and if we are smart  enough to follow the doctor's rules and parameters for our physical health, then we would be even smarter to follow God much more important rules for our spiritual health.
Wouldn't we?

We follow the doctor's rules
for our physical health
with interest and keenness,
with precision and with docilely.
Why not do the same for God's rules?

Not all prescriptions are harmful if overdosed and not all of God's rules are mortal if betrayed - some are venial.
Therefore, while we know that murder and fornication are mortal, minor acts of disobedience would not be so.
It may be that we have become hardened to the idea of mortal sin and therefore do not believe that any action of ours is of dire consequence! In such a case we must place any and every particular doubtful matter before a good Priest in Confession.
In short we must follow The Church set up by Jesus Christ, The Catholic Church, and seek to be perfectly obedient to Her every direction; moulding ourselves according to Her spiritual prescriptions for the health of our souls.
Therefore, I have printed herein a lengthily prognosis of Catholic thought on sin, mortal and venial. Yes, it is a document written several decades ago, but it is one that will penetrate our inner beings and have us searching our souls as we should have been doing all along.
Moses and Prayer
P10  Josue did as Moses had spoken, and he fought against Amalec; but Moses, and Aaron, and Hur, went up upon the top of the hill.

And when Moses
lifted up his hands,
Israel overcame;
but if he let them down a little,
Amalec overcame.

12  And Moses's hands were heavy: so they took a stone, and put under him, and he sat on it: and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands on both sides. And it came to pass, that his hands were not weary until sunset.
13  And Josue put Amalec and his people to flight, by the edge of the sword.
On thinking about prayer the idea came to me that prayer is like the action of Moses. When he lifted his arms his people became superior in battle, but when his arms fell to his side, his people began to be overcome.
It occurred to me that, in parallel to that part of history of the Chosen People, if we pray continually then we will overcome all the conflicts that come upon us in life; that when we stop praying we begin to be overcome.
It suggests also that we can be helped by our family and friends in our efforts to pray, just as Aaron and Hur helped Moses to keep his arms aloft. Thus we can look to The Universal Church to teach us to pray and to gain the best possible results.
Son of Man
Jesus often called himself Son of Man, and no doubt He quoted from Scripture. In the Book of Daniel, for example, we read:-

P I beheld, therefore,
in the vision of the night, and lo,
one like the Son of man
came with the clouds of heaven,
and he came even
to the ancient of days:
they presented him before him. P

The words Son of Man suggest many things. They intimate that Christ is THE son of man - the great one; the awaited one.
They intimate, at the same time, a humble existence as these words are often used in the Old Testament referring to mankind in general or to future generations of man.

P3  (143-3) Lord, what is man,
that thou art made known to him?
or the son of man,
that thou makest account of him? P (Psalms)

The words have a humble expression when we consider that Christ was The Son of God - yet he refers to Himself as The Son of Man.
But to me they have yet a further wonderful meaning.
Jesus, of course, is a Son of man, for He is a human being - a human being, fully.
But who is He the Son of, in reality?
He is The Son of Mary.
If we look at the combined meanings that issue forth from the words Son of Man, with emphasis on Son of Mary, we can extrapolate this to a conclusion that I have reached before in these columns.

That conclusion was that Mary,
when the Archangel visited her
and requested her consent
to be The Mother of Christ,
represented all mankind.
Mary represented man
and the son of man, so to speak.

This conclusion can not be denied because the Archangel came ONLY to Mary, not to an emperor or a prophet or a government; not to any nation or any representative of any nation (noting, at the same time that Mary represented in a particular way, Israel, as well as mankind).
Jesus, in naming Himself
Son of Man, gives us a proof of this fact: that Mary represented all mankind from Adam to the end of the world.
In saying
Yes, Mary became the one and only vital avenue for God's descent into humanity and the one and only means to bring salvation to all creation. And this salvation accounted for all souls from Adam to the end of the world!
This scenario also highlights Mary's role as Co-redemptrix!

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