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The essence of the Faith….. June 14, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Interior Life, Roman Catechism, Tradition, Virtue.

…..to me, I think is pretty well encapsulated from this brief excerpt from the Roman Catechism, or the Catechism of the Council of Trent:

….let us then earnestly implore the Spirit of God that He may command us to do all things in accordance with His Holy Will; that He may so overthrow the empire of satan that it shall have no power over us on the great accounting day; that Christ may be victorious and triumphant; that the divine influence of His Law may be spread throughout the world; that his ordinances may be observed; that there be found no traitor , no deserter; and that all may so conduct themselves, as to come with joy into the presence of God their King, and may reach the possession of the celestial kingdom, prepared for them from all eternity, in the fruition of endless bliss with Christ Jesus.

Whoever desires to enter the Kingdom of Heaven should ask of God that His Will may be done.  For Christ the Lord has said: Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doth the will of My Father Who is in Heaven, he shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 7:21).

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What is the Will of the Father?  That we love Him with all of our heart, mind and strength, and our neighbor – every person we encounter – with that same kind of love.  We must obey all the commandments Christ has given us through His Church – from opposing abortion as the gravest of evils to providing for the material welfare for those in need through the giving of alms – personally, not through the force of a government gun.  We must also pray for those who do us evil.  Love is not an emotion, it’s a series of acts, a taking up our cross throughout each day to suffer for Christ willingly through self-denial and service towards others.  It’s not a notion that we are saved once and for all by some declaration, nor is it the “primacy of our conscience” that leads us to reject what the Church believes in a way that, magically!, aligns perfectly with our preconceived notions and preferences.  It’s about self-denial, and it’s hard work, taken up every day for love of God and neighbor.

It’s very easy to get wrong.  It’s very easy for subtle pride to come into lead us astray, or to develop attachments to things we don’t even recognize that steal away our love for God.  That is why we have the Church and confessors, to help us stay on the right path.  It’s really very simple, but it’s also very hard.  It’s the work of a lifetime, and requires nothing more than death to self and submission to God’s Grace. 

That is the best we can ever do – to cooperate with God’s Grace.  Unfortunately, horribly, there are many that fail.

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