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On the Years of Gestation on Earth

April 27, AD2013 6 Comments

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How do we come to know God in a world that considers Him a construct of man rather than the Creator of mankind? How do we come to really know this person we are called to love, Jesus? And how are we to live in accordance with the Holy Spirit, such that we pull others into deeper relationship with the Holy Trinity which is God?

First, we must cling as never before, as we always should have before, to the scriptures. We have poor memories, so we need constant reminders to really come to hold that knowledge. Further, we are distracted by everything, and to a person, we seek out distractions to add on top of those things that already distract us, so that we might never actually do what we are called to do. Reading the scripture lets us know His words, His thoughts, His way. Reading the scripture gives us an opportunity to hear the thoughts of God, but it is not enough to merely read what has been written. We need to know God.

Sola scriptura is insufficient.

Because we aren’t merely spirits, we have trouble with loving those far away from us, for we cannot love the abstract. We can only love persons. When we do not wish to love someone, we name them as abstractions (clump of cells, Untermensch, 3/5ths of a person) so that we need not treat them with the same dignity warranted a soul. So it is with God, if we keep Him at a distance, He becomes an abstraction and thus we allow ourselves to not love Him. Thus it is that Christ comes and is fully present, giving us his body to touch, to taste, to hold whenever we willingly seek Him at the mass. Being fallen, we do not trust what we cannot touch, taste, see and know on our own. Receiving the body and blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, we get to touch, taste, see and hold our Lord. We cannot get closer than intimately taking into ourselves, our Savior. So we must frequent the sacraments, they bolster our capacity to hear His voice and fill the empty parts of ourselves as nothing else can.

Even with all of these gifts which we may avail ourselves of daily, we need more. For us to remain in real relationship with God, we need even more than the love letters that are the scriptures, or the kisses that are the Eucharist. Prayer in all its forms, rote, petitional and contemplative are the necessary daily communications of our souls to the Divine Soul. No relationship exist where there is no connection, no conversation, no sharing of thoughts. But love is more than talking and eating and listening, love is sacrifice, love is service, willing the good of the other. To know the God who is love, we must sacrifice, we must serve, we must will the good of the other.

We need to actively participate in that love via service. Blessed Mother Teresa knew serving the poor was serving Christ in disguise. To serve God’s people in all of their need, is to be the manna falling in the desert for those wandering and lost for 40 years, to become like the Eucharist, filling others in ways that far transcend the fullness that comes from even the best gourmet food. If we would really know and love God, we must feed His sheep. We must be the food.

Finally, in prayer, in studying His word, in receiving the sacraments and in serving all presented to us, we come to know the God who is love. With each advance in love, our hearts are stretched toward God size as we participate in the work of the Church and act as the hands and feet of Christ. If we do all these things, we will one day be born into Heaven, and on that day, we will, because of our years of gestation here on Earth, know His voice because we could hear it and loved Him before we saw His face.

© 2013. Sherry Antonetti. All Rights Reserved.

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About the Author:

I am a Catholic writer, happily married, and mother to ten children. Past publications include the Catholic Digest, Faith and Family Live, National Catholic Register, the Catholic Standard, East Texas Catholic and the Washington Post. I have a regular column at www.catholicmom.com and also a blog, Chocolate For Your Brain, with the I don't know what I'm doing blog address of http://www.sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com. My first foray into fiction is slated to hit the internet in May of 2013, The Book of Helen.

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  • http://catholicStand Rita Biesemans

    WHY HEAVEN IS CRYING

    Our Lord and His Holy Mother
    are weeping bloody tears
    as their children don’t bother
    to live in perdition gears

    the tears splatter on rocky hearts
    on a demeanor of “who cares”
    as long as we don’t feel the smarts
    we’ll take care of our own affairs

    walking farther and farther away
    spitting and mocking God in His Face
    denying He made us out of the clay
    worshipping gods of the human race

    we think ourselves so enlightened
    we don’t need no Heavenly God
    no more need to be so frightened
    we join gladly the evil one’s squad

    while Heaven is crying
    the devils laugh
    the unrepentant dying
    join the devils’ staff

    The day will come
    that HE will say :
    “enough, enough
    no more rebuff ”

    Then the earthlings
    will cry to no avail
    Joe 6 packs nor Kings
    will escape eternal wail.

    Rita Biesemans April 26 2013 Feast Day of Our lady of Good Counsel

  • http://www.healingandempowerment.blogspot,.com Phil Dzialo

    “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” The Phenomenon of Man, 1955, Fr. Pierre Teillhard de Chardin, S.J.

  • Mary Ann

    Very beautiful thoughts! I love the imagery of our time spent on earth as our gestational years until our birth into Heaven. It’s really true that our relationship with God can be as close as we want it to be. He already loves us 100% and is waiting for us to turn toward Him. If we desire Him with all our hearts, and spend time getting to know Him, our lives (even now) will be a joy!

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  • Siegfried Paul

    I thought, if you say, “we must cling as never before … to the scriptures”: President Obama talked about “HEALTHCARE REFORM” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_reform_in_the_United_States (this article, I saw it less than one hour ago, was “last modified on 20 April 2013 at 01:06″, I contributed to the “Wikipedia”). I opened the “Holy Bible” on tables in this appartment: if you are right, one might ask what the “Holy Bible” tells us about “HEALTHCARE REFORM”.