Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
23rd February 2014
Fr. Michael Muller on The Spirit of Murmuring
There is no class of men which is free from such murmurs.
Sinners murmur when our Blessed Saviour preaches: "I say to
you that unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise
perish." (Luke xiii. 3.) The rich also complain, when He
threatens "Woe to you that are rich, for you have your
consolation." (Luke vi. 24.) The poor are dissatisfied when
He teaches: "Blessed are the poor in spirit." (Math, v. 3.)
The learned reject His doctrine when he warns: "Amen I say
to you: unless you be converted and become as little
children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."
(Math. xviii. 3.) The young are displeased when He exclaims,
"Woe to you that now laugh, for you shall mourn and weep."
(Luke vi. 25.) Those who are tempted or afflicted, murmur
when He exhorts them by His words and example: "Not my will
but Thine be done." (Luke xxii. 42.) The lukewarm are
displeased when He tells them: "Because thou art lukewarm,
and neither cold nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of
My mouth." (Apoc. iii. 16.) Finally, the greater part of men
murmur at our Lord, when He teaches: "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent bear it away." (Matt. xi.
12.) They complain with the unfaithful disciples of our
Lord, "These are hard sayings who can hear them." (John vi.
How many, even among these, will murmur, not indeed at
Christ's doctrine, but at heretics, unbelievers and great
sinners? To all these our Lord answers with divine
sweetness: "Murmur not among yourselves: no man can come to
Me, except the Father, who hath sent Me, draw him." (John
vi. 44.) As to all those of you, He means to say, who
believe in Me and live up to My doctrine, you ought not to
murmur at infidels, heretics or nominal Christians, on
account of their infidelity, false belief or bad life, but
you should remember that faith, especially practical faith,
is a supernatural gift of God, and that no one can have true
faith in Him unless it is granted by My heavenly Father.
Since they are not as yet drawn by the Father, you should
not feel indignant or treat them with severity, but rather
pray to the Father that He may draw them sweetly, but
powerfully, by enlightening their understanding to know the
true faith, and by exciting their will to embrace it in
practice, and thus they will be united with you in the same
Pray you, too, that He may remove from your heart the
coldness and indifference which prevents you from loving the
truth, and from your will the reluctance and resistance
which prevents you from embracing it. You should often say
to God: "Our Father, if there are still more truths which I
must know and practise, in order to be saved, I beseech
Thee, permit me to know them in whatever way it pleases Thee
to manifest them to me. Give me a good will that I may
embrace them and practise faithfully what they command,
until the end of my life."