Thursday, February 12, 2009

In a state of grief...

Sorrow motivates. I have grieved loss before and feel a special connection with our Savior's Passion. At the age of 33, I chose St. Teresa of Avila as my Confirmation saint. Without the Passion, there is no Resurrection, no Redemption. I am hardly the first Christian to notice this deep and abiding truth. I am cycling through the stages of grieving for the many, many Catholics, including me and my own family, who are suffering due to recent news about the founder of Regnum Christi. I am very occupied trying hard to be a good wife and mother, so I have limited time for researching the Internet about the breaking news (...and the news that has been out there for a long time...) I have found this article closely reflect my own concerns.

One thing I have assumed for years now is that the priesthood is under assault from many angles, from within and from outside the Church. My husband and I absolutely support the vocation to the priesthood and religious life as affirmed by our beloved Magisterium. As is often said, it "takes three to stay married," and all 7 Sacraments depend on each other to raise fallen humans from their natural, fallen state to life eternal. The goal, of any and all Christian vocations, is holiness. Holiness, plain and simple and pure of heart is the goal of the Christian life. It is to holiness of life that we battle all powers internal and external. The world, the flesh and the devil are the enemies of the Christian vocation, whether it be a lay or religious vocation (All vocations are priestly in one sense. I also believe all Christian vocations to be religious, but form and duty vary...that is something to really ponder...)

I told my husband night before last that I have been working and praying for LC/RC under the assumption that its founder was, like St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis of Assisi, a saint. This ought to be our expectation. This was my assumption and my expectation. I am so very sad. I see no precedence for what is going on now, and this uncertainty in itself calls for all Catholics to be so very prayerful. Please pray for all the families and individuals who are passing through a time of tremendous suffering. I firmly believe that the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit (Fear of the Lord, Piety, Knowledge, Fortitude, Counsel, Understanding and Wisdom), the gifts of Christ's Redemption, will save the day and bring about healing and hope.

So many may be tempted to take the current crisis and "throw the baby out with the bath water". This temptation must be resisted. My prayer for myself is to get to Confession even more regularly and to depend on the Eucharist as true and abiding food. Lord Jesus, I beg you to show me the way, show me your Way.


Rachel said...

Spectacularly and beautifully said! My prayers are always with you.

Rachel said...

Oh, and the piece you linked from Catholic Culture was RIGHT ON THE MONEY. Whew, this is going to be no fun for anyone.