Thou knowest, Lord, that I am pure from all sin with man (Tobit 3:14)
To be of a sound mind, one must exude a purified state of being. This appears strictly philosophical, but God has appointed us as holy heirs to the promise (Galatians 3:29), and this is not withstanding pure thinking. So we think, then we do. This is philosophy. And though we act without consequence in mind: this is rebellion. We have each rebelled against God, and we have heard from the beginning how man was born of iniquity, even from his mother’s womb, and was destined for Hell (Job 14:1). But it was the grace of the appearance of The Lord Who retired us to glory, meeting us in our destitution, and causing resurrection in our hearts, to which our world to come was mercifully changed. So, our thoughts have then been transformed. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and be not conformed to the world (Romans 12:2). Grandeur and God are together as lovely as our body and soul, and we deign to be as Him. If any one will deny Himself, let him go and sell all that he has, and come and follow me (Matthew 19:21). Take up the cross (Matthew 16:24). Jesus did not delay to take away our selfish motivation, and herein if we are to live purely, especially in orientation, then we are to live remotely from ourself. Us and our desires.
To be pure is a consciousness to a multitude of ideas. We can be pure in deed, where we do tasks because of goodness and not for gain or to be satisfied. We can be pure in word, where we only speak that which edifies and builds up, not giving into filthy talk, censored, and only saying yes or no, for anything more than this is condemnable (Matthew 5:37). But our purity is spiritual. While we are to be sanctified, to be made holy, in what we do and say, we also must be pure in all things. Whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are true, these we shall meditate on (Philippians 4:8). Psalm 1 boasts of the man whose meditation was the Law of God, and he meditated on it day and night. Blessed is he that does so (Psalm 1:1-2). And we know to whatever things are pure they are pure, but whatever things are defiled, they defile (Titus 1:5). Our eyes receive the pride of life we dwell in (1 John 2:16). Our present world is something conforming. For, we are engrafted into that which holds our attention, and the astonishment thereof is those things more decrepit, more obscene, and more pleasure-based. We would rather be engrafted by The Word (James 1:21). But, when our thought process is solid waste, we have lowered our own standards as to what we shall do and say. Crude remarks become easier. And this leads to personal advantages over another. Liberties taken with them in our imagination soon become real as we violate others. It’s no surprise a conjured fantasy has been realized on many a victim, as we have desensitized ourselves to what God deems appropriate. We have outlawed His standards.
In this entry, of a particular behest to the single life, but what can be attributed to any life, let us be purely motivated. Not to merely mask our hedonistic tendencies, but to ask God for shed blood and a purification by faith, that we would be transfigured as He. If we remember the days of purification as constituted by Mosaic Law for Mary, Jesus was presented in the temple (Luke 2:22). While this was meant for the Judaistic culture, of that time as well, we are to model ourselves by Christ and conventionally by His Mother. For, the way to Jesus is through Mary, and She is The Mother of Purity, The Wisdom Seat. We would do well to reenact this by our commitments, setting aside a series of days to refine our trust no more in the delights of the flesh, or vain conversation, or putrid imageries of the brain, but to be healed, renewed, and wholesomely inspired as a new creature, readied for community, not consuming, or being consumed, but actively praising and worshiping Our Father, Our Son, and Our Holy Spirit chiefly in this temple period.