++++++++++++++++++++God's timing is not our timing, but He is never late.++++++++++++++++++++

Layers - in the knowledge of God and the path to holiness

Learning about God is like unwrapping a head of lettuce, pealing back one leaf at a time. Always there is another leaf below. We will eventually reach the center of the head of lettuce; but we will never unwrap everthing there is to know about God.

The path to holiness is like pealing an onion. God shows us what is sinful and convicts us that we have sinned. No matter how sweet the onion, there are always tears in the peeling. No matter how sweet the grace of repentence, there are always the pain of letting go of the sin. As the peeling of the onion reveals another layer, so God shows us what we lack in holiness, drawing us ever closer to "be(ing) perfect even just as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48




What I Believe

Why I am and always will be a Catholic. "So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. Tthe living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever." John 6:53-58 The words and actions of man cannot sanctify. Only the priest, empowered by his ordination, can invoke the Holy Spirit to transform the bread and wine into Jesus so we can receive Him - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity into our bodies and souls. This is the core of the Catholic Church; without this there is no purpose or meaning to the Catholic Church. There are other ways to holiness, to grow in grace; there is no better way than union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Visitation Catholic Church

Visitation Catholic Church

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Why Bother?

Why bother being a Catholic? Why bother going to Mass or the sacraments? Why bother living the Ten Commandments and the tenets of the Church? Why Bother?

Doing these things is a part of being in an intimate relationship with Jesus. The being is the important part, but one cannot be without the doing. However, doing things that are 'religious' are not of any value in themselves. Interacting with Jesus must be at the center of our doing. Everything that we may think of as 'religious' ultimately furthers intimacy with Jesus.

The closer we are to Jesus the more we are filled with His Love and Joy. We are meant to be so filled as to be able to say as Mary did, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior." Luke 1:46-47. Isn't that heaven, being intimate with God, as God intended with Adam and Eve? That heaven can start here on earth, with Jesus, the Eucharist.

Bother.

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Hi,
I saw you listed as a new blog roll member on Catholic Mothers Online so decided to stop by your blog and check it out. Was thrilled to see you live near me -- I'm in Glen Ellyn! Love the photos of Visitation Church -- my daughter and I attended a May crowning there last May with a homeschool group. Very pretty church!