Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation February 18


“The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.”

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Today I respect the law. In this way I respect the society in which I live. I am not “an island unto myself”. I live in a community and have a responsibility to myself and that community — such is sobriety.

For years I did what I wanted and tried not to be “found out”. I was manipulative, dishonest and unhappy; to stay sick is depressing and exhausting.

Then I decided to remove the pain. I accepted the disease and began to “change” my life. I discovered the “spiritual law” of freedom with responsibility. Law is the collective experience of the many who choose to live a certain way, and today I choose to live amongst them. My understanding of spirituality involves respecting the laws that give me the dignity of citizenship.

O Lord, help me to see that in the laws of civilization is the gift of freedom.
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