I read this article and nearly choked.
She has a dolt of a spiritual director who told her Christ doesn't ask us to do things we don't want to do.
The blind leading the blind.
Back in the days when I rejected Church teaching on contraception, I used to cherry pick priests who would tell me it wasn't a sin.
The curse of unrepentant sin. The devil leads you to his own.
But in my worst day, I couldn't swallow the koolaid they tried to feed the catatonic that completely contradicted the fiat of Christ.
I think that's what saved me.
I knew they were so completely daft about Christ and Scripture, I eventually knew they were wrong about contraception.
How could Mags swallow that Chrst doesn't ask us to do things we don't want to do?
That is what the whole thing is about.
Doing what we don't want to do to please our Beloved.
That is the essence of love that is the critical component of successful human relationships. Being a Pope, Bishop, priest, mother, father, relative, friend.
Love does not survive without sacrifice.
Christ is Sacrifice.
Every image, every story, every teaching.
2000 years of martyrs.
Does she think they wanted the people to kill them?
That must be why she has such big fangs and claws.
She thinks we don't want to hop into the sack with that eyecandy.
When the hunk of love tells us they love us so much they'll have no choice but to find somebody else if we don't sleep with them, she thinks we don't want to do it.
When a man averts his eyes from cleavage or takes a different bus or quits his job to avoid somebody he has a sexual attraction to, instead of asking Marty Walsh to turn the Catholic parade into a parade about my orgies, Maggs thinks those men don't want to do it.
I never met a man whose nature didn't want to do it without years of discipline and suppressing sexual attractions.
When you love your children, you may want to buy that mink coat instead of swing set. But we don't do it because we love them more.
When you love your wife or husband, there may come a day when your marriage is suffering and you may want to act on a sexual attraction to a neighbor, coworker, somebody you met in a bar anesthetizing your emotions with booze. We don't do it because we love our wife/husband more.
Those of us who love Christ the way we love others..wait, no..Those of us who love Christ above all others, there are many things we want or desire - Christ asks us to lay down what we want, as He laid down what He wanted.
The Catechism is the index of things Christ asks us not to do, even when we want to do them.
If and when you love Him enough, you give it all up. Sometimes reluctantly, painfully.
That's the whole shtick.
One day you wake up so in love with Christ, there is no interest in the things you used to want. You have it all.
She is reading Fr. Ciszek:
God asked him “to let go of the reins and place myself entirely at his disposal. He was asking of me an act of total trust,” Ciszek wrote, “a complete gift of self, nothing held back. It demanded absolute faith in God’s existence, providence, his concern for the minutest details, in his power to sustain and protect me. It meant losing the last hidden doubt, the fear that God will not bear you up, like the eternity between anxiety and belief when a child first lets go of all support — only to find that the water truly holds him up and he can float, motionless and totally relaxed.”
You can't do it on your own. You'll never do it if you are hooked into daffy priests. Cut them loose. They are a danger to your soul.
Get to a faithful confessor and express your sorrow for using your gifts to mislead other Catholics from Him. Go to Communion and in a state of Grace ask Christ to enlighten you. Spend time in Eucharistic Adoration reading the Saints. Bishop Sheen. Pope John Paul II.
You have to want to know the truth. Be willing to accept the embarrassment that you have been wrong and wronged other people. Wronged Christ and His Church. And not in little ways. Nobody wants to do that.
You have to be willing to swallow your pride. Nobody wants to do that either.
You have to be willing to lose the fan club you built with your crusade against Church teaching and those who teach it. They will turn on you and give you a good dose of your own medicine. Nobody wants to do that.
You won't want to accept your 'spiritual director' has been misguiding you. All these years. Though I'm not sure that is completely honest because you were really writing that script. You chose him because you knew his convictions and you knew he would 'spiritually direct' you by affirming your heresy. You were co-dependents.
You might lose your job. Lose your priest. Lose your parish. Lose your friends.
As that once famous Prophet once said...
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”