LE S S O N S LE A R N ED F RO M A T H
E A R -O L D
When my son admits to disobeying either his mother or me his
bottom lip will quiver and he can barely admit to his misdeed. Often as soon as
the confession leaves his lips he is on the floor, weeping. It moves us to see
how badly it hurts him to have dishonored us.
Isn’t this the same way we should feel
when we who confess that we believe in God act as though we do not? It is all
about love, and perhaps we do not experience the contrition of a threeyear-old
because our love for God has grown cold.Could it be that because we have
committed the same sins for so many years, we have come to define ourselves by
I ’ M N O T O K AY
I once heard Franciscan Father Richard Rohr say that the pop
psychology view of the human person is “I’m okay, you’re okay” but that the
gospel message was “I’m not okay but that’s okay with God.” St. Paul said, “But
God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”
Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to say that
“it used to be that only Catholics believed in the Immaculate Conception; now
everyone believes that he or she is immaculately conceived.” Dr.
penned a famous book with the title, Whatever
Became of Sin?
The loss of
the sense of personal sin greatly reduces our capacity to feel the necessity of
being saved by Christ. We risk having to hit rock bottom before we realize how
far we have fallen, if we do not regularly acknowledge our sinfulness and our
need to be saved from ourselves.
T H E FA L L E N W O
R L D
generations of Christians had a deeper understanding of the fallen nature from
which Christ came to save us. When I recently mentioned the fallen nature of
humanity in the course of writing another book, the editor queried me as to
whether what I was stating was even “Catholic,” so foreign has the notion
become to the modern follower of Christ.
If we want to
get the most out of the Eucharist, we have to understand what Jesus, the Bread
of Life, came to save us from, and how he can save us from our sins.
H ELP FROM THE FATHERS
OF THE C HURCH
If a precious garment is not put away into a box that is
soiled, by what line of reasoning is the Eucharist of Christ received into a
soul soiled with the stains of sin?