Thursday, May 15, 2008

What Makes a Victim Soul: the Spiritual Da's Thoughts

The spiritual da the other afternoon agreed with what had been written in the previous blog about how one knows if one is a victim soul, and if a victim soul is different than one who offers up sufferings, in general.

He said a victim soul is different than those who generously and kindly but simply offer up suffering (and suffering is never "simply" suffered!). He said that in a vocation, a person is chosen by God and the person agrees and accepts. Being a victim soul contains these elements, then.

Offering sufferings is very good and what we are expected to do, but the vocation of suffering steps further into a kind of contract as well as covenant. It requires God's action, God's choosing, God's approval and His acceptance, as well as ours.

Offering it up--our sufferings--is like scattering wildflower seeds in a field. Having the vocation as a victim soul is like being a young Butterfly Magnolia tree that is cultivated early on (often without realizing it), and then potted, and then planted in a deep hole with soil amendments, and then fertlized and grown as a kind of specimen that is pruned and expected to bloom and provide other specific expectations throughout the four seasons.

All are God's creation and function within His will. The seeds grow into many beautiful wildflowers, blooming at different times of the spring and summer and into fall, and some re-seed for the next season and some wither for their offering is finished by All Saints Day or before. They are appreciated, beloved, and glorious--individually and en masse.

The tree grows into what it was created and planted and groomed to be, also. But it is rooted in a different manner and is hardened off for the duration of its God-willed function.

Is one better than the other? Of course not! But the nature and purpose and cultivation and effect are different.

Does this help to comprehend a bit? The wildflowers from seeds offer fragrance as does the Butteryfly Magnolia; but the wildflowers are variegated and various and vulnerably fleeting contrasted to the more singular expectation of the Butterfly Magnolia. (Or perhaps it would have been better to have utilized the Kousa Dogwood with its small pinkish-blood cross, veined within the snow-white bloom.)

Within the flowers and the trees of God's created power and will, they themselves do not consider too much what they are but humbly and obediently live their destinies in His kingdom.


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