Brake Man unchained by being chained

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The now famous Brake Man, symbol of Adam after original sin, has been chained up for his own security subsequent to the fear of theft by a reader. He’s chained to a metal grate of a tiny opening that vents the crawl space under the rectory.

Think of it this man. It might seem that we are chained down by the effects of original sin, weakness of mind, weakness of will, emotions all over the place, sickness, death. But no. With our redemption, with saving grace, we can use those very weaknesses not as a source of our insecurity, but rather as occasions to assent to the solid grip our Lord has on our souls as draws us to Himself across Calvary to where He is lifted up on the Cross (see John 12:32).

We are unchained by being chained. Don’t fret about chains. Used them as the cross which our Lord commands us to carry[!] as an encouragement to follow Him, that other command of His. Don’t fret about chains. Let them encourage you to let the risen life and joy of our Lord shine out to others.

Having said that, I hope to get to heaven, as do we all, where all chains fall away.

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Filed under Genesis 2-4 to 3-24, Spiritual life

2 responses to “Brake Man unchained by being chained

  1. Thanks for giving me a new way to think about things. (sin) As I read I recalled being told that God allows evil in order that something better will come from it. I had forgotten about that fact. I was always a little miffed with our first parents for messing things up – but now this presents a new way of thinking that sure looks better. Funny, I knew this but it never sunk in before now! Wow! Are you doing special things for Divine Mercy Sunday?

  2. Father George David Byers

    Yes, we have a Divine Mercy Holy Hour at 3:00 PM with the novena, chaplet, adoration, benediction, confessions…

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