Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Blessed Trinity

Today, being the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, our priest spoke about that mystery during the homily. He compared the trinity to a candle flame. The fire is God the Father, the light is God the Son, and the heat is God the Holy Spirit. All are one.

I love similes that help me wrap my wee little mind around such unfathomable concepts. It makes them more concrete for me. We can never fully understand God, but we can get a glimpse of what he's like.

Book recommendation: Saint Patrick's Summer by Marigold Hunt. It's a novel written for kids, but when I read it to my kids, I learned a lot about the Catholic faith. Ms. Hunt explains some pretty complex concepts in a way that's comprehensible. I thought of it because she goes into what Saint Patrick really meant when he used the shamrock to illustrate the Trinity.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Are You a "Good" Catholic?

Does anybody give you a sneering sarcastic comment about being a "good" Catholic? Actually, I get the other sort of comment. When I'm being less than good  I get "Is that what a good Catholic does?" (Mostly from one particular person who shall remain nameless.)

The folks who make these comments are not super supportive to you embracing the Church, now, are they?

I didn't think so.

I'll tell you my response. I tell the truth.

"I never claimed to be a good Catholic, just to be a Catholic."
Golly, like a Catholic isn't allowed to be a work in progress!

Here's a helpful Bible quote. I got it on this page.

Mark 2: 13-17

Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus.

While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

Good luck and God Bless.