I have just finished reading The Rule of Benedict by David Gibson. The only thing he missed out was the usual dismissal of cradle catholics. At least I am thankful for that. He comes into the church as a convert and is an immediate expert on Us and her teachings, which never change. Benedict teaches as both he and I were taught growing up in the Catholic Church in Europe that, God took us out of chaos founded a church (community) for His enjoyment, to be a full member of that Church, we are first to save our souls (personal piety). The only other description is a fallen catholic. We are to know Him to love Him and serve Him in this world in order to be happy with Him in the next. Christ taught us to accept our lot whether we be slave, poor or sinner and as in the case of Husbands, Wives, landowners or slave owners, whether we are soldiers or galley slaves we are to treat those under us fairly and to those above give to Caesar his due.
We achieve this piety to which the Pope calls us to return, by and through the Sacraments and their EFFECTIVE GRACES. All else will follow. Social Justice will not help if it is not righteous by Christ’s directives on us leading a perfect life, being kind to sin will not, but helping others out will. If we all without exception reach out to personal holiness in grace then all else will change around us. In this new utopian world by right works blessed by grace everything will change. How many times has social justice today converted anyone into a state of grace, let alone into the Church? When in the past our missionaries, which we supported by prayers and good works, by family members brought up to become priest and sisters, many became catholic Today we now look upon them and their dedicated efforts as some kind of abuse for which the Church has to apologize. I found his veiled criticism of this Pope tantamount to a liberal progressive criticism of my faith. Too many come into the Church and want to make her a copy in many cases of the pseudo church they have just left. What kind of conversion is that?I found in reading it, it was more a criticism of the Church that does not obey some liberal theology, one man's personal opinion that although I converted it is time the church changed to suit me and what I believe. Forget Christ and His teachings give me what I want. The warm fuzzies of correctness.