What price Sincerity?
Should we as Catholics not look at "sincerity" to see what this virtue should be for us and why we should work to use it? This is a gift of such importance that we could not have faith or the kind of faith called for from the depth of our hearts, that should bring us to a martyrdom, of one kind or another.
Do we really act with sincerity or can we do acts of Perfect Charity without it? Then again what is perfect charity and do we as practicing Catholics practice it? Do we truly believe firmly and are committed to be truly catholic in every aspect of our daily lives? Do we truly believe in the Church as the Word of God, the Mystical Body of Christ? Do we dismiss our personal opinions,those wonky private revelations of so many and so prevalent in the Church today? This new catholic spirituality that allows us to qualify those dunderheaded thoughts so very inimical to catholic teachings. They should be seen for what they are, homicidal acts that take life from souls of our brothers and sisters by often dismissing steady orthodox theology as being retro and foolish. They as I claimed before, more or less imply Jesus, who we garner, from these opinionated acts, neither said or did that and this is what the Church is today. I must say these kinds of Catholics never consider to where their thoughts are intentions and conclusions has brought them. They do not see before their feet the "helter-skelter" slippery slope, ready to send them down into a hellacious hot spot. Sometimes a few priests and hierarchs unfortunately exist on the same sorry plane of thought even allowing it to become dogma in their dioceses and parishes and their deeds and actions are directly related to their, what can only be considered as pride on their part. It is not just a priestly problem, I can say from conversations most Catholics do not consider the perfections we need, as one catholic man told me all charity is perfect. Wow!
I have as usual meandered off course but I must get back to sincerity and perfect charity. Get back to what we need to be perfectly charitable. I know from a conversation with a priest, he has never thought the subject through to a logical conclusion. Therefore is it not logical to say, he has never taught of the virtues or graces that must be present when we act within the boundaries of religious beliefs, not the faux spirituality claimed as a form of mystical Catholicism. The true Mystical Catholicism I have written about before is a religious way of life which truly practicing Catholics follow as the rise up from the dirt and filth of this world to holiness. A further admonishment, this is not the interpretation following the modern idiom of mysticism being supernatural but the tried, true and proven "indwelling of the Holy Spirit" due to and arising from the Mystical Life in the Holy Sacramental Mysteries of the Church and her Rituals.
Perfect Charity which earns us merits according to Catholic Theology are acts, either springing up straight from the positive acts of religion, and especially from the reception of the Sacraments, or sometimes rarely having no apparent connection with these. An act of perfect charity is one which is performed with all the intensity of love of which the soul is capable, purely and simply for the sake of God, without any regard to self. This last sentence for me sums up the virtuous grace of sincerity that intensity of love which through fortitude and without regard for the influence of other's views stands firm in its determination to act as Christ would, did and commanded. Never saying no or maybe, but a loud and firm yes to God. Never hopping about liturgically but firmly standing in the light of the teachings of the Church and Christ.
Labels: fortitude, mysticism, private revelations, sincerity, supernatural