On Holiness: Subtle CrossesOn Holiness: Subtle CrossesOn Holiness: Subtle Crosses3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
We have to be careful of how we approach holiness and how we better ourselves in Christ Jesus. Indeed we are to 'pick up our crosses and follow Him,' but how often is it that we chase holiness as if we know what is best? For Paul says that "God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with [that] trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it" (1 Cor 10:13). Indeed James also says "Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire" (James 1:14).
What does this mean? Simply this: even our desire for holiness can be a cause of temptation and sin when we dictate it. We often desire glorious crosses/paths to holinesspersecution, evangelization, greater prayerand often neglect the very clear signs God gives us. We tend to ignore the "subtle crosses." For rather than being in fire, earthquakes, and driving winds (i.e., our ideas of glory and faith) God is in a "tiny whispering sou
they call him salvationmayhap you found himthey call him salvation7 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
in each person, place, and thing
we're (all of us) flawed
On ToleranceOn Tolerance3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
You'll have to stick with me for a bit, but I'll begin with a jarring statement to most readers: it seems to me that the Catholic Church is really the most tolerant of anyone or anything.
This is because the Catholic Church has rightfully questioned everything and accepted what it must. It is derived from the fact that we see creation as good and, as such, there is nothing that exists separated from goodnessno matter how hopeless. We are tolerant precisely because we call things evil and because we call things good. These are like the actions of a wise gardener who prunes leaves and branches, allowing the good to grow properly and the bad to fall lifelessly.
Indeed, the history and hagiographies [lives of the saints] of the Church attest to this attitude. St. Martin of Tours, though he had the mighty pine tree cut he erected an altar in its place. He removed the worship of something false with the worship of something truehe did not remove worship.
St. Catherine of S
PatienceHis heart is tornPatience5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and his soul is tempted
for a way out
They said it to him a million times
'It'll get better.'
and every time he hears those words
it loses a bit more of his trust
Nobody has a satisfying answer
or at least a hint to get him through
but he isn't ready to give up
Sometimes there's still a flickering light
way down there at the end
luckely it doesn't require much
for him to keep his strength
a soft breeze
it's all he needs to hold on
It will get better
all it needs is a little
or more likely; loads of
The Body of Christ: Concerning ProtestantsThe Body of Christ: Concerning Protestants3 years ago in Historical More Like This
[I have employed parenthetical citations. In them I list the primary text and cite by letter the book I used. This can be viewed at the end of the piece. -M]
The Body of Christ: On Protestants, Christians, and their Ideologies
The weaknesses and failings on the Catholic Church are well focused on. Far be it from me to deny or cover up the faults of my Body. Rather I recognize them and yet, through it all, love it. Though I would like to reflect on this I would rather like my reader to consider two things: 1) that same Body which we call the Church, specifically what that means, and 2) the general view(s) of my Protestant brothers and sisters regarding this issue. If we, believers in Christ, are also called the Body of Christ, do you know what that Body looks like? Below I shall examine those communities known as Protestant and Christian as well as those people who call themselves followers of Christ. I ask my readers, Catholic and Protestant alike, to examine their own communit