Wednesday, September 14, 2005


As you can surmise from the title of my blog, I do have a religious/spiritual bent to me. And I think you can guess, from the two links I currently have, what affiliation that is.

I am a Christian. Specifically, I am a practicing, devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church. My perspective is a traditional/orthodox view. I am working on digesting more "solid food" in terms of knowing and understanding the teachings of the Church, developing a mature sense of the Faith, and applying it more in my life. The breath and depth of knowledge which Holy Mother Church has is an unlimited source and supply of nourishment. I am not perfect. I am needing to be perfected. I am a human being, becoming in process. (That's why it's called practice.)

Borrowing from Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York, "I am Catholic--first, by birth; then, by choice; now, by love." I choose to be immersed in the Faith, learning how to be formed so as to be a worthy member of the Mystical Body of Christ, striving to seek the will of the Father. Spiritual progress is so hard to discern; while I have come far, I have much farther to go. "Be patient with me; God is not yet finished."

There will be times I will make comment on things involving the Church, both within and without. I am not a trained apologist, but I will speak based on what I know and understand. I pray the Holy Spirit will guide me to be articulate.

"I Have My Mission," by John Henry Cardinal Newman, sums up what I am saying:
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission -- I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good. I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it -- if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore I will trust in Him. Whatever, wherever I am. I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me -- still He knows what He is about.
"I do believe, Lord; help my unbelief."

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