The Rule, Article 4

Friday, December 31, 2010

The Last Day of the Year

Okay, I have one last question that's been on my mind for quite awhile. I'm reluctant to bring it up in Confession as I, well I think it sounds ridiculous. But it's on my mind. And if it's on my mind, it's....,,well....on my mind.

Here goes. Don't laugh. The problem is........"I enjoy reading Protestant materials some of the time". Remember, you said you wouldn't laugh. I'm not exactly sure why I do it . My working hypothesis is that I just want to.

Tomorrow starts a new year. Lord, let me decide to live it with commitment and compassion. Let me stop this whole small minded stuff whining about what was done to me. Let me replace it wit h what has been done for you.

Friday, December 24, 2010


I do have a Christmas story for you. It's not "The" Christmas story, but it'll have to do.

Cranky Guy had a gift certificate to use. He got it the other day at Church. It was to a bookstore. As you might not know, this kind of thing pleases Cranky tremendously. He came home with all kinds of ideas about what he was going to buy. Then he began to sort through the online catalog. At first, he identified $157 worth. But this raced way past the gift certificate.

He began to ratchet back. With his trusty calculator, he trimmed it to #47.50. But then Cranky began to think. Did he really want the books? Should he think more? Would he use the books again? Should he buy books his lady friend would read also?

What books would God want him to buy? Poor Cranky got more and more confused. So he turned off his computer and made some coffee.

He doesn't have to finish this off immediately. It's important but not urgent.

Maybe tomorrow we can find out what he did.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Knowing God or Knowing About God

Do I know God, or do I know about God? It’s easy to reduce God to an intellectual construct to be described, developed, and defended. He’s suddenly a great deal like a listing of the Northern Generals during the Civil War. Their strengths and weaknesses can be calculated, weighed, evaluated, compared and shared. But you and I are hard-pressed to claim actually knowing them. For they have all been dead for over one hundred years.

It’s the same way with God. I can come to know about him and what he did without having a genuine relationship with Him. That can be deadly. Do I get into Heaven when I only know about Him?

Oh, I do hope I know him better than I know you.
Or you know me.

I depend so much on grace. It's like He gave me pre-approved credit card. But those things do run out. Does grace run out? Does mercy? Is the answer different when I presume on His Grace and Mercy? Please, does it stop when I die? Do I take a draft with me to cover expected and unexpected departure expenses between my death and the Beatific vision?

If Purgatory is what it says in the Catechism, looks like most people are going to spend some time there. And it looks pretty inviting from my perspective. That is, unless there are more Catholics immaculately conceived than I thought there were.