There is an incredibly subtle and powerfully calculating industry of modern dislocation, where that which is deep and lives in silence within is completely ignored.

John O’Donohue, in Anam Cara

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Evil disturbs our silence within, our essential ascetic solitude which is indispensable to peace and love.  Disturb us in this way and we risk a conversion to evil, its thoughts and its treacherous deeds.

When this silence is disturbed we lose track of ourselves – we lose our true identity, sacred reality is disturbed, set aside.

Evil presents itself in the form of culture and in the presence of others: family members – parents and siblings even.  Any person or thing can bring evil – for each can take us from our peace within – each can effect this “sinister eviction.”

“Who is my mother?  Who are my brothers? … For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Mt 12: 48, 50

In our world solitude is victimized.  Its perpetrator can be culture or person. Either can by their deeds or demands pull us out of ourselves into aggression, or image, controversy, the exterior, constant movement, noise, envy, desire, coveting, power, status, immorality, violence, confusion, frenzy, evil thoughts, little rest or peace.

Those who are evil attack silence and its ascetic solitude, our interior.  Doing so they try to convert us to evil and its ways, that which we are not by nature per se.  Likewise as to culture, godless culture.

Be forewarned.  You must be discrete.  Leave those people and things that separate you for yourself, the sacred within, God.

Yes, we are social beings but give yourself only to those people and things that are not evil.  Reject those who are evil.  See the sometimes subtle ways of evil’s destruction and withdraw from them immediately and completely.

When the evil ones die, let it be.  They are not your concern.

“Let the dead bury the dead.  But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Lk 9: 60

There is no sentimentality for evil.  Those who choose it chose death long before they die.

Shalom.

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