It’s one thing to be Catholic and quite another to practice Catholicism. It is yet another thing entirely to become a saint. To be a saint is to be in love with Jesus, first, and to become what God has called us to be in Him. One cannot be in love with Jesus if one does not really know Who Jesus is. That is why study is necessary, but study is just an initial step. After you know what to practice, you can then become a practicing Catholic. The more you practice the Faith, the more you get to know the real Jesus, and the more you fall in love with Him. The more you fall in love with Him, the more you will seek to love Him more, and to do this is to align your will with the will of the Father. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, without Whose help we cannot draw closer and closer to Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit Who shows Jesus to us.
At Chicago Now, Pam Spano writes about deepening her faith.
Over the years, the faith and wonder, I had as a new convert attempting to deepen my faith were pretty childish.
I read everything I could get my hands on (retained very little of it!) and I was constantly looking for ways to learn more about my faith. I’ve slowed down quite a bit, but I’ve found being Catholic very similar to opening a box with a present in it, then finding another box with yet another present in it, etc., etc.
That’s a good description for learning what the Church teaches. But then she quotes St. Teresa of Avila on seeking God.
My response, on Twitter.
— Lisa Graas (@CatholicLisa) January 15, 2013
What a joy to see Pam express her journey online. This is how we bring Christ to people, by sharing more of our relationship with Him with others.
Certainly, I am not the same person I was five years ago, thanks to getting to know Jesus more. One of the really wonderful things I have come to know is that in getting to know Jesus more, you get to know yourself more. The reason is that the path to sainthood is just that – a path. It is not a one-night stand, but a relationship, and in time you will become more the person you were created to be in the first place.
Lots of people these days are very fond of telling the world who they are. Much time and money is spent on promoting an “image” to the world, via Facebook and Twitter, as well as through much larger platforms by famous people through their publicists. The truth is that no one is the real person they are supposed to be unless they have already become saints. These “images” of people being projected are, for the most part, not the image of Christ because they are not the images of people who are already saints.
As the Church is employing social media more and more in bringing Christ to the world, we would all do well to remember our brokenness and to understand that it is not our intellectual brilliance in writing and creating fancy graphics that will bring souls to Him as much as it is our prayers and our desire to always seek to get to know Him better ourselves, behind the ether curtain of the internet. The more we get to know Him, the more we will project Him to the world through the ether curtain. We get to know Him first by reading what the Church teaches about Him, particularly through the Scriptures, and secondly by having a personal and intimate relationship with Him.
If we don’t know Jesus personally, we cannot possibly project the real Jesus to the world. What’s more, if we don’t get to know Jesus, we will never get to know our true selves. Our hearts were made for loving Him. Know Him, love Him, serve Him. Everything else will be taken care of.
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