Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Beg For This Grace"

"...I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. 

...your duty is not only to write about and proclaim My mercy, but also to beg for this grace for them, so that they too might beg for My mercy."- St Fautina's Diary (1166)

Two of the greatest women the Catholic Church has ever known - St Therese and Blessed Mother Teresa - both understood very well that the words Jesus spoke from the Cross did not refer to physical need. When He cried out, "I thirst!", He did not do so for want of a drink of water. In nearly the final gasp of His Passion, He pleaded for souls to come to Him to slake His parchment. 

Everything about Our Lord's Passion points to His love for poor sinners and His desire for us to glorify His mercy.   

I read some excellent comments on Abbey Roads regarding this very subject, which is our obligation not only to beg for mercy for ourselves but for the entire Mystical Body of Christ. 

Remember the Gospel where the ungrateful servant is forgiven his debt but then has his fellow servant thrown headlong into prison for his inability to pay?

Can you imagine a mother who only cooked enough food to feed herself, and then left her children to fend for themselves because they left their rooms a mess or would not bathe? What kind mother would say: "Oh well, soon enough they'll die of starvation and then I will have the nice, neat house I've always wanted"?

Isn't that what we do when we give up on people because we can't get them to do what they should? Anyone can parrot the rules, but it is love for Jesus Christ and the desire to satisfy His thirst that compels us to reach out and not give up. 

We don't have to compromise the teachings of Holy Mother Church to try to win souls for Jesus. And I say again that if you want to win converts for Christ, you have to act like Him. Bitter, ugly and angry never won any cause worth fighting. 

Remember that bumper sticker? Smile - it will make people wonder what you've been up to

That's what kind of Catholics we have to be in the world. Joy can be infectious. If we don't appear to be happy in the spiritual life, how will that intrigue outsiders or make them want to know more?  If to be Christian means being another Christ, who on earth would want to imitate us if instead we repel people? 

This does not mean we don't take seriously the grip sin has on our society. But if our faith appears to be a burden, and we give the appearance that it is, who's going to want to be like us?   

While we're busy plucking specks, lets not forget the help we need with our beams. And all of us need that help, no matter how holy we think we are. 

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