I try not to go on Twitter, FB or post on Sundays. Once in awhile I schedule autoposts for each Social Media outlets for Sundays, so please don’t come back saying…Sofia, we see you on [Twitter, FB, blog] Sundays…??? Laughing, readers, just teasing you!
Given that, I didn’t go on yesterday. I just read Lisa Graas’ post early this afternoon (Mon 10/3) called “What Does It Mean To Be Always Catholic?”
I am so humbled by her post but I must respond to her kindness. I want to share this with you, my readers, because it is because of you and people like her that I have the strength to survive everyday trying to be “Always Catholic”.
Lisa Graas is one of those people who is “Always Catholic”. It is the lens which she looks through everyday as she lives for Christ. Those who have gone on the brutal attack on her recently, have actually done her a favor. She drew upon her Catholic Faith (the Faith to which she converted),her Catholic sisters and brothers on earth and in Heaven for the support to come back to the blogosphere even better than before. Lisa has come out of this stronger and more spiritual than ever. She is sharing with us the Passionist theology which so closely fits with my favorite…the Carmelite spirituality. If this is what God wanted her to do, she is doing it and with joy!
I guess those “Catholics” (several of them certainly not orthodox as I observed their opinions about Church teaching by their responses to Lisa) choose what they believe about being Catholic as if they were choosing what to put on their pizza this week.
I think that perhaps if we are to call ourselves Catholic bloggers then we have a moral duty to uphold Church teachings without giving in to the demon of self-importance. If you disagree with Church teaching, then do I daresay you are not living it and therefore no longer Catholic?
There are times when one may question a teaching, as many of the Saints did throughout Holy Mother Church’s history. That is when reason must meet faith as Saint Augustine says. Our reason is that gift of God given to us to freely choose to love Him or not to love Him. That is true free will. When we choose to love Him, it logically follows that we must be a part of His holy Church here on earth. When we question, it is to understad Truth, not to feel that we know better and that we can claim to be Catholic and hold beliefs directly in opposition to Church teaching.
The Pope recently spoke on fraternal correction and the importance of it to Christian life. The ridiculous notion that we cannot judge someone’s actions because we would be guilty of being judgemental is a ploy by imitation Christians and non-believers to stop this “fraternal correction” which is true Christian love.
If I stand by and never say a word to a friend who continues to defy God’s laws and Church teaching resulting in a life of sin then I would be guilty of the sin also. Fraternal correction would lead me to approach this person out of love for the salvation of their soul. I would tell them, I do not judge since I am a sinner also, but together let us pray that in OUR weaknesses we are strong together.
In the Catholic blogoshpere we come in many shapes and sizes, however; there is one thing we must be however, is truly Catholic, not just in name only…
I know, I used to be one of those “Catholics’ until Christ spoke through a priest in Confession to me. The priest told me why come to Confession if you refuse to honor the teachings of the Church completely? He did not absolve me. I left the confessional having nowhere to go.
Finally, after much prayer, many mistakes, and much hubris, I submitted in obedience. It freed me to do His Will and to honor the Church He left on earth. I fell in love with Christ and His Church because of becoming obedient… My happiness is not in my opinion about what is Truth. My joy is about being part of the Truth.
Today on the pre-1962 Traditional Calendar is the Feast of the Little Flower, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Ironic, isn’t it? She has been such a gift to us that when the calendar was redone she has two feast days, two days apart…one of the few like that on the calendar.
What was Saint Therese’s claim to fame, so to speak? She knew that becoming “little” was the answer. Her “Little Way” a spiritual giant of a work, was the foundation for her becoming a Doctor of the Church. Her “Little Way’ was that of offering small sacrifices throughout the day as prayer…well, I pray we all learn that “Little Way” so that as we deal with each other on the Catholic Blogosphere we become “Always Catholic” instead of “Cino’s”. A “CINO” you say?? Catholics in name only… Just sayin…
Now, from LisaGraas.com…
Posted on October 2, 2011 by LisaGraas
I said that I was back up on my horse, but I am in love with Jesus and can’t think about politics at the moment….so I will tell you about Sofia’s blog.
My friend Sofia Guerra is a lovely soul who ever encourages me. Sometimes when I read what she writes about me, I blush. I never thought much about the name of her blog: “Always Catholic“. In her sidebar she explains what this means.
One day while reading a colleague’s blog, I was moved by his “raison d’etre”The quote from Thomas Storck, [The Catholic Milieu] struck a resonant chord within me. I have forever reasoned that all we do in life must be“Always Catholic” and here, finally was the succinct explanation. Finally, because of that, AlwaysCatholicBlog came to be. Here’s the quote, enjoy the site!
“Our entire daily lives cannot be occupied with purely religious practices;all of us have to eat, and most of us have and want to do many other activities besides. So though we cannot always be religious in this sense, we can always be Catholic, that is, the round of our daily activities can be conducted in such a way as to express and be in harmony with our Faith. And [this] can involve more than avoiding sin and exercising virtue.”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton said: “We must pray literally without ceasing—without ceasing—in every occurrence and employment of our lives . . . that prayer of the heart which is independent of place or situation, or which is rather a habit of lifting up the heart to God as in a constant communication with Him.”
I’d like to share the rest of this beautiful post from my sister in Christ, Lisa Graas but this is all I have as ISIS hackers wiped out her posts some months back. This much however, is a beautiful tribute from a beautiful soul.
You may find Lisa Graas at her Catholic blog, Lisa Graas, on Twitter @CatholicLisa and on Facebook here.