OUR STORY …
Earl had quite an experience recently as he prayed in front of the tabernacle at his home parish. It was as if he were hearing the voice of God, though the voice sounded very much like his own thoughts. He knew, however, that these were not his thoughts because they revealed things to him that he didn’t yet know.
Earl was having a holy moment in the presence of the Holy Eucharist, which is the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:10, 1 Cor 11:24).
IT IS WRITTEN …
The Bible tells us that we are to be holy because God is holy (1 Pet 1:16). It even explains why, sounding the alarm that nothing unholy will ever enter heaven (Rev 21: 27).
The Catechism elaborates on that very thought. It tells us that the new life the faithful received in Baptism did not end our weakness nor our inclination to sin. We are still weak. And we are still attracted to sin. The Catechism does inform us, however, that with the grace of Christ in us, we can prove ourselves as we struggle to live the Christian life. This struggle is best understood as continuous conversion that directs us toward holiness and eternal life (CCC 1426).
And of course, there’s always Matthew Kelly, the founder of the Dynamic Catholic apostolate. He beats the drums often to remind us that we fight life’s battles one moment at a time. When we live in the moment and experience holiness for that moment — we have victory of a holy moment. And if you have enough holy moments, eventually, you have a holy life.
LIFE GOES ON …
Kneeling in front of the holy tabernacle and realizing that the Bread of Life was just feet away from him (John 6:22-71), Earl felt like weeping. At the same moment, he was both sad and overjoyed. He prayed that the Holy Spirit would open the eyes of the world to God’s love and the precious gift of life that He gives us freely everyday.
And for those who might have wondered, Earl did indeed tell his dear wife on the way home from mass that God said hello today. He would also deliver the very personal message that God loved her. And being the kind soul that he is, Earl would also tell his wife that He loved her too.
The truth be known, Earl would like to tell the whole world about God’s loved. God loves us all so much that He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to give us new and eternal life (John 3:16). It’s yours for the asking!
Thank you, Jesus!
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!