I have procrastinated long enough! Friends and parishioners have been encouraging me to start a blog for some time now. They have thought that it would be a great opportunity to further explain the teachings of the Church and why they are important and how they can be applied to the lives of ordinary Catholics sitting in the pews. So this will be my humble attempt.
With the help of a more tech savvy parishioner, I have set up this page to share some of my thoughts and convictions. The title of the page, from Psalm 69, “Zeal for your house will consume me” has always spoken to my heart. I am zealous for Christ, His Catholic Church and for for the salvation of souls… and I need to be more so!
I chose today, January 31 as the day to begin this blog because today is the feast day of one of my favorite saints, St. John Bosco. “Don Bosco” as he is more affectionately known, was an italian priest who lived during the 19th century and did so much encourage other people to have zeal for Christ and Church as well! I am one that is so inspired by his life and work!
There are so many things to refer to when speaking about Don Bosco – His priestly work with the children of Turin who were suffering in factories, his prophetic dreams, the religious community that he founded, etc. etc. But there is a quote that I think is relevant to one of the things that I want to address in this blog, namely, the reality of struggles that the Church faces in the present age. Don Bosco is quoted as saying:
“All past persecutors of the Church are now no more, but the Church still lives on. The same fate awaits modern persecutors; they, too, will pass on, but the Church of Jesus Christ will always remain, for God has pledged His Word to protect Her and be with Her forever, until the end of time.”
Many in the present day have dismissed the Church and the message of Jesus Christ and their relevance in today’s society. Precisely because of this fact, it is all the more important for us (all members of the Church, not just those ordained) to proclaim with joyful enthusiasm the Living Word of God, which is the same, yesterday, today and forever!
So often too, we hear people say, “I can pray at home” or “I don’t need the Church to be a follower of Jesus Christ,” or “I am not religious, but I am spiritual.” I am sure all these things are said by people with good intentions, BUT, as Pope Francis recently reminded us:
“The Christian is not a baptized who receives baptism and then goes on his way. The first fruit of Baptism is to make you belong to the Church, the People of God. You cannot understand a Christian without the Church. This is why the great Paul VI said that it is an absurd dichotomy to love Christ without the Church, to listen to Christ but not the Church, to be with Christ at the margins of the Church. It’s not possible. It is an absurd dichotomy. We receive the Gospel message in the Church and we carry out our holiness in the Church, our path in the Church. The other is a fantasy, or, as he said, an absurd dichotomy.”
With enthusiasm, and with a real desire to share and explain the faith of the Church, I begin offering my thoughts on a variety of issues, devotions, rules, and practices of the Catholic Church, with the sole hope that others will come to know the reason for our joy! God Bless!