1 Repentance as Universal Vocation


Repentance as Universal Vocation



“Set Out”

The virgin wilderness lies ahead

It has beckoned with a turn of its head

The face it revealed was entirely new

And now you sense what you must do

You realize you’ve seen it all along

Yet now it’s like the first time

You’d been seeing it all wrong

So now to freedom you’ll climb



“Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15)


Phase: Purgative


Breathe in:

Beatitude (and the addiction which it corrects): “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mt 5:4) (addiction to good feelings)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Knowledge


Breathe out:

Beatitude (and the addiction which it corrects): “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5:3) (addiction to attachments)

Gift of the Holy Spirit: Fear of the Lord (Reverence)


Deadly Sin overcome: Pride

Lively Virtue developed: Humility

Sacrament: Baptism

The Lord’s Prayer: “Deliver us from evil”

Sign from Gospel of John: Cure of the Man Born Blind

Teresian mansion: First chamber (First Water)

Sanjuanist level: Beginner


There is a paradox that lies in the heart of human existence. It must be apprehended before any lasting happiness is possible in the soul of man. The paradox is this: man’s nature, by itself, can do little or nothing to settle his most important problems. If we follow nothing but our own natures, our own philosophies, our own level of ethics, we will end up in hell.