Non resistance / Non compliance


We are told to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek, to bless those that curse us, to do good to those that hate us, and pray for those that use and persecute us.


We do not go to war against them nor we do not take revenge, we keep our human reactions under control and we need to react in contradiction to them.


To remain civil to a person that is nasty or has bad intentions can be hard enough, but to respond in a way that does not reflect what has taken place, but "with love" is what it is about.


We need a strong prayer life which enables us to be alert and to stay awake, so that we know what is going on and we can make the right decisions in our life, in accordance with God's Law and always to remember that in the end everything has to be accounted for. 


It's complicated to live in a world that hates humanity, we are born into this, and it's a fine balancing act every single day to 

"live in the world but not according to it". 


When every profession is corrupt and deceitful, the best and most efficient way to respond is non resistance.


That does not however mean cooperation with evil, "letting them get away with it" and offering no fight, on the contrary;

the vigilance and alertness mentioned earlier is of utmost importance all the time.


Because if we let bad things happen without doing anything we become participants in it.


Simultaneously offering no resistance to it we also do not comply with it, 

we withdraw our energy from it. We peacefully and decisively say no. 

The bullying, threats, pressure and aggression might continue but the non resistance and non compliance is  much more powerful  than creating or participating in overt opposition.


This is real resistance. 


This way their balloon quietly becomes deflated.


But unfortunately too many people do not recognize evil and lies, they do not believe in God and therefore are not aware of the existence of evil either, so they might either become victims or they might become perpetrators. 






 Good Friday Timeline of Jesus' Death



Some leave the Catholic Church to join a protestant community or 

another Christian church because it is easier, it is less demanding; 

more aligned to the world.


But what did Jesus say when He was brought before Pilate?


"Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants 

would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my 

kingdom is from another place.”

 John 18:36


They might say it is because they find it more "human", more "kind", 

but the truth is that in the Catholic Church practicing Catholics are asked 

to "carry their crosses" and there is far less emphasis on that in the other 

Christian churches.

Crosses are everything that is difficult or painful in any way whatsoever.


The thing about suffering is that they are hidden opportunities. 

We are talking about things that occur in the course of our life, 

events and situations, big and small,  on a daily basis, not masochistic 

behaviour, the latter rather being a problem of psychological nature.


Suffering can be entered into, we can be fully present with it, we can use it, 

offer it up, to God. 


Even small things like having to wait in a queue, waiting in an airport, 

feeling lonely, being bored, etc, are opportunities that can be used.


If we are being insulted, misunderstood, abused, bullied, slandered, 

belittled, forgotten, ignored, etc, we can use that as well, by not retaliating. 

Turn the other cheek, love the one who hates you. 

(admittedly this is more difficult because of our pride, but imagine how 

strong we can become by this practice!)


We are like coins which has 2 sides, one of "the world", the other being

our eternal souls.

Our worldly side does not want pain of any sort, it will automatically try

to avoid it, flee from it, suppress it, medicate it, repress it, deny it, get rid of it, 

or at least; to reduce it to a minimum. We are trying to "save ourselves". 


In Luke 17:33 (ESV)  we see that:  

"Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his 

life will keep it".

and in the New Living translation:

"If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, 

you will save it".


 and in  Mark 8:35:

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses 

his life for My sake and for the gospel will save it."

For example; divorce and abortion, appear to be solutions, but both of them 

creates deep wounds and disorder, personally and socially. 

It is about putting everything into the hands of God, surrendering to His 

will, and not following our own will and our own inclinations, because they 

are not trustworthy and can change at any moment.  


The Catholic faith might seem paradoxical at first glance , but it isn't, 

because underneath the surface and the workings of this material world 

God's eternal truth never changes. 

Anything that we have a natural resistance to, can be utilized for our 

spiritual gain. It is a practice, a training program, if you will. 

Hunger, for example; nature seeks to satisfy it, but  Jesus said :


“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that 

comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:4


That is why fasting has always been an important part of Catholic practice.

There are so many excesses in the world, but another one that 

come to mind is the natural inclination to boost our egos, 

to feed it by, unconsciously perhaps, seeking praise and admiration 

from others, while maybe on the surface appearing humble.  

But true humility is extremely rare.


Saint Therese of Lisieux is a good example of suffering; 

the emotional trauma of loosing her mother and then her mother-figure;

her older sister, which caused a nervous breakdown, was beneficial 

and an aide in her spiritual life. Later on she also suffered physically 

as she died a slow and painful death of tuberculosis. 

She had developed the art and mastery of using suffering as a means to 

unite herself with Jesus, and she said that we should never waste any 

opportunity that come our way to offer up our pain to God.

Saint Therese also endured harsh treatment by her Mother Superior, 

and she made use of that as well, by being extra nice in response.

(turn the other cheek) ( love those who hate you)


Catholic priests and nuns are celibate; it is because it is difficult,

they are crosses, willingly and freely accepted suffering. It is radical.

In the Catholic Church sex outside marriage is not allowed, this restraint

demands a serious focus of the entire person in all the aspects of his life, 

because marriage is also difficult; it can often become crosses, but we 

promised to be true to the holy pact we made with each other and with God 

that no matter what happens, we will stay the course. 

Our spouse might be the cross we suffer daily.   


It is the focus, the concentration, the discipline, that brings inner unity 

and stability, first of all to the person, and then to the unity of marriage.


Crosses can be gifts even though they are not wrapped in nice wrapping paper.

How many Catholics understand the Mystery of the Cross?


I remember a young man who suffered from multiple sclerosis who I met on a 

pilgrimage many years ago, who, despite being active in the Church told me how 

outrageous he thought it was that a priest had said to him that his illness 

was a gift.

People in general are outraged if you try to suggest that there are benefits

to be drawn from suffering, because human nature will always shun it.


But Jesus said: 

"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their 

cross daily and follow me."

Luke 9:23