The Flesh is the Temple of the Spirit

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The current times are times of materiality and of the denial of the truth in man. The human individual has succeeded in erecting a civilization founded on the sands of atheism, materialism, and secularism. In truth, it is an order of life and of existence in which the human person forgets the most select and sublime part of his being, lying in fact, as the justification of his dignity, and of special and eminent value: the spirit, or the soul.

 

The human person is a compound of body and soul, of matter and spirit; this is a truth that is consistently negated by an empirical science that in its darkness, is unable to raise its rational conclusions beyond the life of the senses and the experimental method. Contemporary man finds obstacles in his ascent towards God and empirical science presents a powerful obstacle towards the spirituality that is the potency of the life of religion. From an early age, the human being is taught that he is no different from the animals with which he shares a common biological and material origin. Man is taught that in reality, Creation itself, that is, the visible universe, is a product of chance and disorder, and in the final analysis, human existence is of little value and of no consequence in the face of an amoral natural cosmos. In the face of a science that asserts materialistic Darwinian evolution and that denies the singular divine origin of man, the Christian religion affirms that man is a special Creation of God of whom his spiritual and rational nature is verily an image and a resemblance.

 

The Christian believer ought to accept with humility and firm faith, the article of the religion. Furthermore, the Catholic faithful is to adhere with love, reverence, and obedience to the authority of the Magisterium, which is the divinely appointed Teacher of the Nations.

 

From the beginning, God sought to people His Heaven with sons, with rational creatures made in His image who would provide him with ardent love, perfect adoration, and glorious happiness. He created man in the garden of Eden from the mud of the Earth, and instilled into him, a particle of his being: the soul, “the breath of life”.

 

“And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” – Genesis 2:7

 

Hence, man is an incarnate being, in which his living flesh, is the tabernacle of his rational, spiritual, and immortal soul. In a sense, there are two substances in man, matter and spirit. The matter comes from the earth, and is the material foundation of his spirit, which is immediately and specially created by God for every single human person. Knowledge of man’s true origin is a powerful incentive in order for him to believe with all his person, hope with all his being, and love with all his spirit the God from whose paternal Hands he draws life, existence, and being. God, is the Creator, the Origin, the Cause, and the End of the human creature.

 

“6. Q. Why did God make you? A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in heaven.” – Baltimore Catechism, No. 1

 

In order for the human person to be faithful and true to its nature as a rational creature, he must live a life in accordance with virtue, and in particular, in accordance with the virtue of the Catholic religion. Religion is to constitute the center of the human activity and the impulse behind his thoughts, his words, and his acts. As matter of fact, religion is the most fundamental attitude of man, and the religious person is certainly the true and the authentic human being. The end of the virtue of religion is itself holiness, which in its essence, is a life of union with God ordered towards the attainment of the beatitude of Heaven.

 

Spirituality, is the means towards the achievement of holiness. In a spiritual life, it is possible to divinize the human creature, through grace, and render him able to love God, as a son loves his Father. The deification of the human person is to be realized through a life of identification with the Crucified Christ, the model of the Christian life, and the Principle of Grace in the Catholic Church of Rome. The loving and peaceful acceptance of suffering, the frequent practice of the Sacraments, the ardent practice of prayer, the recourse to the treasuries of the Communion of the Saints, especially through the power of the Blessed Virgin Mary, all contribute to ameliorating the spiritual life, growing in wisdom and strengthening virtue, living a life of grace, and increasing merit in co-operation with Divine Providence and Grace.

 

The human person, in his flesh, is the temple of the spirit. The spirit ought to reign royally within the human being and be the cause of the actions of man, and the principle according to which he relates in love towards God and towards neighbor. The spirit, is the part of the human creature that is able to love, and more importantly, that is able to love God. Love, is the final end of the spirit, and the spiritual creature lives for love, that is, for charity, an altruism that is the characteristic of the Divine filiation and of the adorers of the Incarnate Word. Certainly, the flesh holds a proper place and ought to be cared for, and love. However, it is the spirit that in truth, has value, for its Origin is God, and its End is God. The flesh, is merely a tabernacle, a temple.

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