Some important things in life as a Catholic

1 Jan

I wish everyone a brilliant new year.

Perhaps it is time to take a step back and reflect on some important things in life, even if for just a little while.

The spiritual battle is within. At the moment of judgement, what will be most important? Will it have anything to do with issuing idle complaints about others: the Cafeteria Catholics, the fallen Catholics, the heretics, those who obtained invalid annulments, or the elitists? It will likely be much more about oneself, at how the person being judged lived. Many people claim that they’ve been badly mistreated, and I’m sure most of them are right, but if that will be nothing of an issue during judgement, then perhaps it’s time to take a step back and move past it to the truth that the spiritual battle is within.

Mass is the greatest prayer and let’s examine a part of it here. Many habitually recite words during Mass without understanding them. Here I will examine a part of the Nicene Creed: “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God”. How many people have said that dozens of times without even knowing what it means? In the Tridentine Mass there are often red booklets that give a slightly different translation: “of” is used instead of “from” which seems to make the meaning more obvious. Jesus is God of God. This means He is God and He is also of God because He is part of the Trinity (and the Trinity is also God). He is Light and the Trinity of which He is part is also Light. He is true God and He is part of the Trinity that is also true God. Truly, how many Catholics just say the words without understanding the meaning?

Finally, I present to you the topic of New Year’s commitments. Take a step back and consider not how you want to spend your year now but how you will wish you spent it when the end of the year arrives. Surely how we want to spend our time and how we will wish we spent it later are often two different things. And if we slip and break a resolution, what will we want at the end of the year: to know that once we broke it we gave up –or to know that after we broke it we renewed it and recorded when it was renewed and kept it thereafter? Perhaps reflect on that before giving up for the year.

Cheers everyone! And have a blessed 2014!

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One Response to “Some important things in life as a Catholic”

  1. Richard baker January 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Good commentary.

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