Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Some Observations

  • If the Catholic Faith depended on its bishops, the Church would have died at least 1500 years ago.  Don't be surprised, then, when bishops and even cardinals say stupid, sinful and anti-Catholic things.  Dante's hell, after all, was populated in large part by sinful bishops.

  • To be disinterested means not to be after personal gain in a given situation.  To be interested means to be grateful for and appreciative of God's gifts.  We are, therefore, to be intensely interested in the world around us and in one another, while having no interest in how our egos can selfishly benefit - disinterestedly interested, so to speak.

  • There is a humor of joy and delight, a humor that builds up; and there is a humor of spite and rancor, a humor that tears down.  But sometimes even the most satiric or biting humor tears down in order to build up.

  • Humor is a gift of God.  It is the shortest short-cut to humility.  If we can laugh about ourselves and our sins and our foibles, we are thereby recognizing our need for a Savior.

  • Christ mentions the Golden Rule during His Sermon on the Mount - "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." (Mat. 7:12)  This comes at the end of the stunning things He says about prayer and desire - that all who seek find and all who knock get an answer, and it's coupled to that promise with the word therefore.  In other words, "If you want True Communion with God, if you want your prayers to be answered and your deepest longings to be satisfied - then do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  Think about that for a moment.

  • At our worst, our whole conscious program in living is an elaborate attempt to keep the shocking Grace of God out of our lives.