All Conversations in My Heart
Friday, November 09, 2012
  Does anyone realize they will stand before ME?
Wow! One e-mail I have received over the last days, really takes me to task about my attitude and is not only judgmental, which I do not consider sinful, but sentences me spiritually, which is decidedly sinful. I still maintain that the Catholic Vocation is prayer. It is prayer that will gain us righteousness and a direct entrance into heaven, for God is righteous. What is prayer to us, in the Catholic Faith. It is the sacraments, the Holy Mysteries, by which we say we are sorry take us back, forgive us and then the petitions for Grace through the other five. It is the forms of prayer found in the rituals those tradition by which the Apostles taught us to pray and the forms of prayer the Church has authorized as worthy of use. Prayer is a ladder an ascension that takes us heavenwards. A Ladder of Divine Ascent, a habit, a grace filled mystical habit, whose steps are high and steep. God helps us every step of the way providing the impetus which draws us ever higher towards His and our home for all eternity. Notwithstanding when we loose His help we slip back a-ways. We, as the Church has traditionally said “fall”. Fallen catholic that is what we become and according to one of six commandments of the Church now called precepts, when we lose that sanctifying grace that blesses our steps we must go back to the Holy Mystery of Confession and say sorry, please forgive me and make a vow before the priest not to do it again (my own fat chance). Nevertheless it must be done and we must try hard to keep that vow. It, prayer, must become for us a bondage to GRACE, as opposed to what, the bondage to sin, of course, by which we descend through sin which becomes a habit and lower still to becoming addicted to sin to the extent we are ready to enter the wrong place for all eternity. The wrong place is the kingdom of hatred and loneliness.
Just before the top end of the Ladder, maybe if perhaps we use the Hebrew Understanding of the Seven Rungs of the Ladder we will find the step that is Divine Contemplation where assisted by grace we pray in a different manner where our soul purified by compunction one of the early stages of true prayer, literally expresses its love for God before it lapses into the Prayer of Silence. This is not praying in silence, but of silence. It is a grace filled demand made by one’s purity of soul. It is a demand God makes. “Be Silent” we are told and in perfect obedience to Him who is the creator and lover of Mankind we shut up. Therefore until we learn to, we can go no further. Again this is not our effort but we have reached into the inner chamber of our soul where God holds the conversation, literally, I believe with Himself, the Holy Ghost, the Divine Eternal Spirit of Supernatural Love and Sanctifying Grace. It is Him who holds sway, asks the questions of us, answers them for us. His Divine Intellect is in control and we can know His will for us. This is where we learn to contemplate God and the future which is ever present in God’s mind.
Has He asked me questions? Yes, just as unfortunately I have questioned Him pridefully, unfortunately since I have been told, “Be Silent”. Also a very stern voice has asked, “Who do you think you are? I lead, you follow. I died for you read scriptures”. A kinder voice whom I take to be Mary, my mother has said, “My Goodness, Michael you will be always asking questions, even in eternity”. I hope I never have to ask, “Why am I here? What did I do for You to reject me?” For one of the questions I have been asked lately is, “Why does no one truly believe they will stand before me and I will judge them?”
Over the next little while I will tell you of questions asked and what my thoughts were. More reasons I seem to have for the errant behavior of my peers in the Church. I say peers because it seems I go through a sort of tribunal. So now I give you a fair warning, learn to pray and ask your own questions. Do not lumber me with yours’, let alone the problems I know that my prayers have brought me to face. It is hard enough to for me to listen to a very kind criticism of my own ways. So now try this. Print, copy or e mail this to your parish priest or Bishop for that matter. Ask him bluntly, “Can this be true?” After all the their stuttering you can by Church customs tell him to check with the Bishop. Remind them you are their sheep and questions of religion must be answered. Personally I think they should get into the habit they assumed for themselves as priests, appointed to be spiritual guides and confessors in your parishes and dioceses. It seems they may have abdicated from this position quite deliberately. Ask them that too. Remind them you will not achieve heaven without their guidance.

Remember Teresa Higginson’s great prayer to the Divine Intellect , “Wisdom of the Sacred Head guide me in all Thy ways. O! Love of the Sacred Heart consume me with your Fire

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