Forgive My Words, 01JUN
Twice this weekend I think I hurt the feelings of some people with my use of the term “Recovering Catholic”. It’s a good term, but only in the right context… it truly means that I have had to shed my shackling thoughts that were shoved down my throat as a child about Catholic being “the only way”… I have to regroup… and to start again as Christ-centered, not religion-centered…. I am what I am because of the good in the world and what I have seen corrupt in the world, but regardless, I need to be better. I need to strive for what God wants me to be and how HE wants me to encourage, always…
We discuss all the time that religions and churches need to teach how to mirror Christ’s LOVE – to VINE towards that LOVE… I do have hope that God is pushing the church in the right direction of being ONE with God… It may take a while… But the JOY we share is in the HOPE.
So with my use of the term “Recovering Catholic” to actual Catholics this past weekend, I realized it came off as a “put down”, which is terrible!!! I didn’t mean it that way… I will pray to choose my words better in the right context. One person was one of my neighbors while we were at Dunkin Donuts and one man I was joking with at a yard sale… He faked funny tears and said “it’s not my fault, I was raised that way” I laughed, he laughed, but hmmm….. he is right-on… being Catholic is tough these days. The people in all religions, whom we should encourage in their spirituality, are bearing the brunt of the negativity. Not only is the world down on religion but the world is down on Catholicism more and more recently because of past grievances, cover-ups, and abuse of power. And especially us Christians have to remember that although we are right to challenge the injustices we see, we must only criticize the organizations and NOT the spirit of other folks working on their Christianity too.
One global united church is needed, is what Christ wanted, but how we get there is not nitpicking and tearing down the people in the religions, but instead lifting then up higher above their religions….and spread understanding to others and especially to ourselves that there are many rooms in God’s house, we need to HELP everyone find the Jesus key that fits their life…lift up their branches and vine towards God (John 14 and 15)
I ask forgiveness for my words, to think thru my thoughts, and to encourage always…
John 17: Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one,Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am,and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e]known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”