Hello fellow followers of Christ in the Beauty, Goodness and Truth of His ordained Roman Catholic Church, Lois here. Jeff and I wrote the story of our reconciliation with The Roman Catholic Church in this our primary blog beginning in July 2015. Now that we are living the sacramental life as Catholic Christians we find that the Beauty and Goodness of The Church's Sacred Tradition sustains and strengthens our faith and brings joy to us that we have never known in all our lives as followers of Christ.
We are going to leave the journey of our reconciliation with The Roman Catholic Church on this our primary blog. However, the time has arrived for me to share thoughts with you about living the sacramental life we are called to live as Catholic Christians--what a treasure history holds up for us! I remember our son saying to me as we were making the journey he and our daughter-in-law had already made, "Christianity is grace beyond our understanding! Living my life as a Catholic Christian is finding in The Faith a constant and abundant gift of The Church's Sacramental history.....we had salvation, but now we have so much more to help us live out our salvation!" I soon caught on to what he was referring to, and I am forever grateful for it!
A little post-it note about my personality that I will offer you may give you insight into why finding my way to The Catholic Church truly did save me from the mire of depression, dismay and restlessness I had lived with for so long that it had become my normal. It is the Sacraments and the sacramental living--Sacred Tradition--The Church gives in its Sacred Authority that is bringing clarity to my faith in Christ and continuing to transform my life as I strive to "be perfect as my Heavenly Father is perfect." The reading and studying of the Sacred Scriptures have always been a discipline of mine and true to God's Word it is "living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword." As I learned more about The Roman Catholic Church, the Sword of Christ pierced into the deepest recesses of my soul and revealed the hunger, I had for more of the life of Christ and increased it! As a Protestant Christian all I had was the Sacred Scriptures and I devoured them in my hunger for the fullness of The Faith that I now find in the Sacred Authority and Sacred Tradition that I did not even know about until my own hunger led me to The Church (so much more to say there, but I'll save that for later).
I have chosen to write about these beautiful gifts of The Church because I wonder if there are others like me looking for what I am finding! Indeed, God's mercies are new every morning. We just need to look to see, seek to find, hunger to feast, thirst to drink from all that Christ's Church has held true for over 2,000 years. I feel as though it's as if I am hunger seeking Bread and always finding it in abundance, thanks be to God!
The merry-go-round mindset of modernity can easily tempt people into following its lead in the desperate attempt to find the security they long for. The perverse insidiousness of the media keeps the merry-go-round of discontent running round and round to keep humanity ever-consuming, ever-striving, ever-dissatisfied. Someone once wrote that we don't have to look for demons behind every rock, they are inside all of us dissembling the divine in us, driving us away from our created identity. Stopping, walking away, listening for God's voice can be an exorcism of those demons. The great Protestant theologian, Charles Spurgeon once penned, "When God hides his face from his people, it is almost always behind clouds of dust which they have made themselves." I find the truth in that as I live the sacramental life of Catholic Christianity through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I'm slowly learning that it is I who have kicked up the dust around me. The only option is to stop, settle, and rest in the arms of our Creator/Father/Savior/Counselor who gifts us with hope through the Sacraments of The Church. My melancholy, artistic, introspective, and introverted nature has always sought refreshment in the arts, written word, contemplation and silence. However, in our culture that places little value on silence and contemplation, anyone who chooses to step off away from the cacophony of discontent is looked on as a bit odd. Do you feel that way as you live your out your faith in God?
The new blog, firstname.lastname@example.org, is simply glimpses into my walk with our loving God as I live out the sacramental life of Catholic Christianity. I invite you to journey with me a I learn to live as a beloved daughter of our Heavenly Father.