All Conversations in My Heart
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
  Renewal of a Theme, Confrontational Love and Charity.
In The previous blog I wrote that God’s Love is confrontational. For a truly practicing Catholic, how can it not be? Of course it is, for if we truly love God we would be very confrontational when we experience sin in ourselves. Of course we should acknowledge many of us are in denial. If one knows or understands the truly great gulf (abyss) which exists between the Perfection of God and our own perfidious natures, we should experience a fright, not fear of God but the desolation when our thoughts should tell us of the deliberate separation we choose to place between us, that is Him and I. It is very personal for the true believer. This belief in today’s modern world will be and is offensive to many. The grace to perceive this abyss comes with prayer and is not in many as a strong belief. Immersed in the minimalism practiced by so many of our faith, we achieve what Luther set out to do, that is really believe that as long as we confess a belief (of a sort) to the name Jesus, we are saved. We might just believe salvation is given without consequence or any labor of true love.

We should all consider and know in a very real reality, and it is a reality, the modern comprehension, the meaning and use of the word love is trivialized. Love today is, and is very much so in the Church, is heterosexual, homosexual, making out and fooling around. Ask many priests when they counsel marriage preparation course, how many of those they counsel are co-habiting. How many who appear before the Marriage Tribunal are already shacked up with a new partner? If this is not so why then does the Tribunal insist you are should be living apart.

Be honest the word we should be using is Charity as defined as follows, “It is the infused supernatural virtue by which a person loves God above all things for his own sake, and loves others for God's sake. It is a virtue based on divine faith or in belief in God's revealed truth, and is not acquired by mere human effort. It can be conferred only by divine grace. Because it is infused along with sanctifying grace, it is frequently identified with the state of grace. Therefore, a person who has lost the supernatural virtue of charity has lost the state of grace, although he may still possess the virtues of hope and faith. (Fr J. Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary)

In a conversation at one time with a priest as we discussed my actions, and what I write, he describes the manner in which I write is inspiring but not charitable. I asked what he read was it truth? He did agree there was an element of truth in it. I did concede that what I wrote was not perfect but who was. I did concede that what I wrote was not perfect but who was perfect truth. He made his concession and agreed that Christ was Perfect Truth. My question was then who is Perfect Charity? You may answer it yourself. So I believe I can maintain, to practice Charity we must also practice truth. I mean we must offer not our opinions, which are always less than truth and always full of pride but from the definition above and from other words of Our Lord Jesus Christ each day of the seven in our weeks we must forgive without rancor at least seventy times. Is that action Charity, you see I do not have to love them just treat them charitably a big difference. I like the words of the Our Father in the Westminster translation of the Latin Vulgate, they are the Byzantine Words, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”. Why do I like these words well I try to consider I have no debtors. I realize that those who offend me really offend God and therefore I pray with the “pity’ of charity sorry that I have caused or given them a reason to sin. I pity them and consider my actions as a sin against charity. What is Pity? Grief or pain aroused by the suffering or misfortune of another. Pity is less than sympathy, which shares in the experience of another. It is a form of condescending sympathy. (Fr John’s Catholic Dictionary)

What then was and is our ongoing belief called the greatest act of charity we have experienced, it is the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ which we experience in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Altar, the Eucharist. We have it summed up for us in Scriptures, “Greater Love hath no man that He laid down His life for others”. Now if we go back to the definition of Charity, a theological virtue, the Church teaches us we receive it at baptism and then I ask, why do we receive it again when we receive the greatest renewal of our spiritual life at the Holy Mysterious Sacrament of Confession, Penance and Reconciliation. Therefore in a state of grace and attending the Liturgy so does our charity grow greater, so then does our grace. The abyss narrows and becomes shallower. Obviously, with grave sin, mortal sin we are dead to Christ. We have separated ourselves by serious sin from Christ’s salvific charitable act and must make amends. We know that we need therefore “sanctifying grace” that indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This Most Blessed Spirit is God’s supernatural Love and Sanctifying Grace, which as the definition above says is not acquired by mere human effort but given by God who condescends or in other words, leans over our insignificance, crosses the great separation we manufacture often with a serious deliberation, to forgive us, if He sees true repentance in our hearts.

Can we then say that if we are not in a state of Charity, of Grace, we cannot enter into the Bond of Charity that is the Eucharist? The remembrance by our actions a true communion of His Passion and sacrifice. Consider those actions as perhaps seen by Christ. Do we remember during the Liturgy what we should remember? Can we not know that if we do not practice (AS CATHOLICS) charity as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught us, which very much includes using the Sacraments as they are part of God’s “MUCH” we have been given, we cannot enter into the Kingdom of Charity. Charity as Paul teaches us daily through his letters is a language. Let us examine this further. In this world today we can lose Charity but still claim Hope and Faith. We can still claim through the catholic catechism that although we do not have an indwelling of the Holy Spirit, He still surrounds us for God is everywhere. He quietly awaits our repentance and comes back into us through the mediations and absolutions given us by His Alter Ego, the Sacrificial Priest. What is it that happens to the theological virtues when we repose? When our body dies and our soul leaves this world. The opposite is the norm. We no longer need faith, for the second time or the first since our moment of His creative conception of us, when God patterns us in His Paternal Thoughts and we see Him spontaneously, only to quickly lose the Beatific Vision due to the shadow of original sin. We lose our original innocence. Seeing is believing they say, and we no longer need Faith as we see and know His existence, Hope is no longer necessary we are about to realize the catholic definition of hope that is, “The confident desire of obtaining a future good that is difficult to attain. It is therefore a desire, which implies seeking and pursuing; some future good that is not yet possessed but wanted, unlike fear that shrinks from a future evil. This future good draws out a person's volition. Hope is confident that what is desired will certainly be attained. It is the opposite of despair”. (Fr John again)

Yet we recognize that the object wanted is not easily obtained and that it requires effort to overcome whatever obstacles stand in our way. At our bodily death, this has all been concluded we are about to know our eternal destiny. Then all is left after judgment is Charity, Paul’s active language of Heaven. The eternal song of angels and saints.

Look at the Eucharist again. It can be Heaven in us, providing as Christ said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments”. It must be Heaven for where we have Jesus we have His Father and also the Supernatural Love and sanctifying grace, the loving Spirit. We are in this state of holiness the way we were meant to be as Mary was, a spiritual womb containing heaven and in heaven. I think you will find this in Jeremiah.

Are we, you or I, worthy to receive this act of Charity on earth as well as in heaven? There is only one way to find out take Paul’s advice and examine one’s self. Cry out in the words of the Lenten prayer before the pseudo mysticism of Vatican 2. “My God! My God! How have I offended You, What have I done to You?” (Liturgy of the Presanctified Latin Rite). Cry out remembering another of Christ’s seven last words, “My God! My God why have You forsaken me?” Christ reminds us in these words, of the Man who took upon Himself the sins of the World. He reminds us that His Father would not share His temple with His enemy. I say man because God cannot die and it was the Jesus, the man created to be the Sacrifice of God’s charity, His pity for His and our loss, the separation. If I am wrong in this then why did Christ ask such a question of His Father? Especially since pre the Cross, Jesus told Philip and the Apostles, “Where ever I am, there is the Father”. Christ in those final moments took our sins upon Himself and in making the severest of all penances recommended Himself, the man, to God for forgiveness for a reconciliation, “Into your hands O Lord I commend My Spirit”, and the way to heaven was available to us. Yet today it is a common complaint why do we suffer. Many outside the church tell us we are wrong, you are on the wrong side of the Cross. We are all Easter people. A truer meaning of the word Love is, if we truly loved Christ, we would want to be there for Him on the Cross, or at least carry our own.

For those in denial that God does not will not share His temple with His enemy may I remind you that the Jewish Old Law and the Catholic New Law holds strongly to this belief. If we sin God sends us from His presence. If it is not so, then outside our windows is a sinless place called the Garden of Eden? If it were not so why then did God tell Samuel He regretted Saul for his disobedience? Why then did David pray, “Turn not your face from me, Take not Your Holy Spirit from me”? Why the did Christ tell Peter, “Get out of my sight”

Let me pose another question, “Would, could God put His Seed in a dirty cup?” Therefore Mary had to be sinless in every way. Mary, the Virgin Mother, created before creation began (Duns Scotus and the words of a Catholic Children’s English Hymn) was what we were meant to be before Adam and Eve fell to temptation.

Finally ask this of your self, Can true Communion be Holy with sin present.

 




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