If I have attempted to do anything with this site, I have endeavored to show that the 4 persons- the physical person, emotional person, mental person and spiritual person- are so intricately connected that they act almost as a type of the Trinity. 4 Persons in one person. It is essential to understand this to ever be able to apprehend oneself.
The contagion of sin that infects the individual infects the whole person and is suffered within all 4 persons.
As I try more and more to understand this, my Catholic reading is continuing with this masterpiece which speaks in particular to one of those persons, the heart.
Luke 6:44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
The body senses. The mind analyzes. The Soul treasures and contemplates but it is the heart that chooses. It is out of the heart that comes love or hate, compassion or cruelty, empathy or indifference. It is the heart that gives birth to pride and it is the heart that allows the flower of humility to grow.
It is with full disclosure that I confess that I recognize that I need a great deal of work in this area.
A lack of humility is actually a doorway to mental illness. It is a refusal to see things as they really are which will eventually give way to the inability to see things the way they are.
Case in point. Listen to these 2 gentlemen actually contend that they are more worthy to decide the supernatural nature of a private revelation than the actual Bishop tasked with, and given graces for, such a task. It is actually quite breathtaking in it's arrogance. Yet, to avoid outright admitting the obvious disobedience and heresy they must equivocate and make the absurd argument that a negative decision is not an outright condemnation. This is like arguing that a Redwood is not a tree.
Sadly, this is the type of mental illness that results from the sin of pride. As heartbreaking as this obstinacy is, all of us can learn for it. Please pray for these 2 people that they will repent of this grave evil. Pray for me as I try to become a better version of myself.