Blessed are You that Weep Now, for You shall laugh
Thought from Cantalamessa book ‘Beatitudes’
The New Relationship between Pleasure and Pain. ‘Human beings try desperately to detach these conjoined twins, to isolate pleasure from Pain. But in Vain, the very same disordered pleasure turns back and transform itself into suffering. And This can happen spontaneously and tragically or a little at at time, insofar as the nature of pleasure is transitory and soon produces weariness and boredom.’
I was think of St Ignatius at the time of his conversion. When lying on his bed and thinking of pleasure and pain. He wrote ‘But there was a difference. When Ignatius reflected on worldly thoughts he felt intense pleasure, but when he gave up out of weariness he felt dry and depressed. Yet when he though of living the rigorous life that he knew the saints had lived. He not only experienced pleasure when he though about it but even when he dismissed these thoughts he still experienced great joy.’
‘Illicit pleasure is deceptive because it promises what it cannot give. Before being tasted it seems to offer you infinity and eternity. But once it is used up, you find yourself empty handed.’
‘When a pleasure is against the law of God, symbolized by Adam and Eve in their eating the forbidden fruit. God permits pain and death to follow, more as a remedy than as a punishment. It does so lest, hurriedly acting on their selfishness and their base instincts, human being destroy themselves as well as their neighbor. Therefore, we see pain adhering to pleasure like a shadow.’
‘Christ has finally broken the chain…Jesus does so, in short, the opposite what Adam and every human being does….Rising from the dead. Christ inaugurated a new type of pleasure that does not precede pain as its cause but follow it as it fruit. Even true of every genuine pleasure’
‘All of this is wonderfully proclaimed in this beatitude that contrasts the sequence of laughter-weeping to the sequence of weeping-laughter. The difference, an infinite one, is the fact that in the order proposed by Jesus, it is pleasure not pain, that will have the last word and what matters even more that this last word will continue for eternity.’
St Thomas writes how we are made for pleasure. Yes Pleasure is Good. Some Thoughts on Pleasure from Peter Kreeft Book ‘Practical Theology’ St Thomas writes about Love and Pleasure ‘The greater the desire for the thing loved, the greater the pleasure when it is attained. Indeed the very increase of desire being with it an increase of pleasure.’ The More we thirst for God the more pleasure we will be able to experience in Heaven. A life of Virtues unites us to God. So There is ‘a necessity of the relationship between virtue and pleasure.’
St Thomas writes ‘Pleasure is in itself an inherent good.’ ‘In Heaven the tremendous pleasure of the Beatific Vision will motivate us to enter more deeply, and that deeper understanding will produce even more pleasure, which in turn will motivate is to enter in to it more deeply forever. We will never been bored, because God is infinite and we are forever finite. So there will be new truth and new pleasure at every moment.’ St Thomas says ‘Such pleasure does not hinder the act of reason but helps it.’
St Thomas quotes the scripture ‘At your right hand is pleasure’ Thomas would say ‘The Good brings pleasure. So the greater the good the greater the pleasure we ought to experience.’ However Pleasure is not sought for it own sake. When it it we miss the pleasure. We seek the Good and pleasure follows.
Some More Thoughts from Cantalamessa book ‘beatitude’ Weeping become laughter. Your sorrows will turn to Joy.
There are tear of sorrows. Weep for our sins. Gift of tear. But Cantalamessa writes also ‘There is another type of tears. One can weep from sorrow but also from deep emotion and joy. The most beautiful tears are those that fill our eyes when enlightened by the Holy Spirit we ‘Taste and see that the Lord is Good.’ ‘When one is this state of grace, he or she marvels that the world and we ourselves do not fall on our knees and weep with deep emotion and amazement. Tears like this most have fallen from Augustine’s eyes when he wrote in his Confession ‘How have you loved us, O good Father, who did not spare your own Son, but delivered him up for us sinners. How have you loved us.’
Jesus Gives Pleasure. More Infinitely More than the world can give. Holy Spirit gives us Pleasure Joy and Delight