Happy New Year

And now it is time to put the New Year’s resolution into practice.

Once again the resolution, in practice, is to practice. This is a practice tradition after all.

Our practice, of course, is self-sacrifice. The only sacrifice expected of us: sacrifice of the self.

Ours is such a simple tradition, simplicity itself. We begin our practice with repentance, of course. Then, having engaged self-awareness, awareness of our existential situation, we extend our self-awareness to the more immediate source of all being, the true Self, through self-abandonment. Such a simple, direct path. Self-actualization occurs through self-abandonment. This is our practice. Simplicity itself.

Unless you take up your cross you cannot be a follower of mine….
If you want to be a follower of mine you must take up your cross...
He who will lose himself will save himself...
Abandon self daily.

A good place to begin the year, every year, is with some reflection on this call to action.

Beginning with repentance we reflect on ourselves, our experience of self, recognizing that we are our habits, and that it is with steady, daily practice we replace our established habits with preferred habits. Ultimately, we are called to habituate ourselves to a condition of being characterised by selflessness.

I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. (Mt 11:25)

Now we have a second call to action, accompanied by some practical advice on how to proceed.

I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 18:3)

Yes, once again we have the call to action: unless you change. This time He gives us a method.

Transformation of attitude: become like little children. A condition of being characterized by selflessness.

We may reflect that ours is a simple tradition. Just this condition of being, as experienced, is our focus. Simplicity itself.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light. (Mt 11:29-30)

With just a little initiative, an act of will, we take His yoke and learn from Him, engaging this practice, this transformation, daily. Conversion may go on all through the day, everyday.

Whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Mt.18:4)

Ascesis: practice. 

See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. (Mt. 18:10)

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