Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: Having the Heart of the Wise Virgins

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image: Erfurt: Cathedral, detail of the so called Jungfrauenportal (Virgin Portal) with the five wise virgins / photo by Roland Meinecke / Wikimedia Commons (GFDL 1.2 or FAL)

By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange, November 10, 2020

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme OMV is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary currently on missionary assignment in the Philippines. …


“Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.”

St. Paul describes the virgin in the New Testament era in these words:

“The unmarried man is busy with the Lord’s affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord. The virgin – indeed, any unmarried woman – is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit.”(1Cor 7:32, 34)

In addition to belonging to the Lord, the virgin is focused on one thing alone — to do all that is possible to please the Lord with all that he or she possesses. The more the virgins act to please the Lord, the more that desire to please Him alone inflames them and motivates all their actions. By this virginal heart, the virgins are constantly searching for more opportunities and better ways to please the Lord.  

The five foolish virgins in the parable of the ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom with lamps only without flasks of oil simply because they had lost the desire to please the bridegroom always with all that they had, beginning with the lamps that they had in hand. They forgot that the lamp was not just for their own journey; but it was to please the bridegroom by welcoming him at any time that he would arrive. They would not have neglected the flasks of oil if that desire to please the bridegroom all the time was alive and strong in them. …

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