Destruction of economies, missile tests by rogue nations and no solution in sight, the dissolution of societal mores, left to himself man will screw things up every time.
We need to attune ourselves to the workings of grace in our lives.
What is your good new?
I am prompted to post the question again after reading this from a reader (edited):
I’m very grateful to have received this sacrament [of Penance] Saturday morning after essentially being away from the Church for nearly five years. During that time I had committed some very serious, habitual sins and was certainly drowning in venial sins also. This great blessing came exactly one year after my leaving the hospital. I had been recovering from an illness that wasn’t diagnosed and treated until I was medically in the coma and death danger zone. My soul had been in that range for quite a while.
God can certainly use difficulties and error to actually point a soul in the right direction. For me, the controversy surrounding [X], caused me to do a bit of ‘Google’ research into the matter. Eventually that led me to finding your blog and reading your post on the NCR piece.
Then I read other posts with their comments and started listening to Radio Sabine. And, yup, FatherZ, your 3.30.09 Savage Chicken entry and the posts and comments that followed also played a role in my return to Confession!
Next week [we] will celebrate 25 years of marriage. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by this—my return to the faith and the Mystery of the sacraments.
Now my heart is overflowing with wonder and love. I could say so much here but I’ll just add one comment about what I consider a very special aspect of being in a state of grace that I don’t hear discussed much anymore: The ability to ‘offer it up’, to unite my suffering and pain to that of the Mystical Body of Christ. In the back of my mind I did think about this over the years. I have chronic illnesses that involve physical (and emotional) pain. It would come to me every once in a while that I was wasting this God given opportunity to be so useful to the Church.
Here’s my additional (partial!) gratitude list for today…
• for my steadfast Catholic [spouse]
• for a new job and return to employment, beginning this Holy Week
• for birds! (and their reminder of Matt. 6: 26-27 “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? )
• Thomas a Kempis and FrZ’s readings from “The Imitation of Christ”
• My anticipated return to receiving Holy Communion
• The grace to recognize sin for what it is, requiring God’s direction and graces to overcome (not some psychological mumbo-jumbo to fix ‘self-esteem’ problems). I don’t always see or accept that grace but I now realize it is an ever-present, free gift from my Eternal and Almighty God, Who is incapable of withholding His love for me, ME, just one more unworthy sinner!