What's the heck is going on here?
How is the caricature that the Church is an indentured servant who is falling down on the job, helpful?
Are they in love with God or does their relationship depend on the presents He brings like Santa Claus?
Is that how all the other relationships in their life work?
When their children come home with bad report cards, would they hold symposiums on Why they are NOT leaving their children?
God only knows.
I mean that quite literally. God only knows.
I have fallen away from practice of my Catholic faith before. ..I have even struggled with temptations to apostatize. I don’t intend to give you details of that, since I consider the matter personal, but I share the fact of those temptations because they exist and they need to be acknowledged as existing. No good comes from refusing to admit one’s own limitations.
Every one of us goes through moments when our relationship with God is tested. Sickness, shouldering more than our share of suffering, death and many other things, including the reckless behavior of priests or bishops--these things can and will cause a terrible storm. But for the life of me, I just don't get living in a relationship with God - of all people - with one foot out the door.
Like every other relationship, if you're feeling distance - that's the sign it's time to step up the labor involved in bringing yourself closer.
Primary relationships work best when they are paid attention to every day of your life. A tiny drift is effortless to rein it back in. But if a boat drifts way, way out-it becomes a lot of work that few people desire to do. Like an old car that needs a lot of work, trading it in is an enormous temptation.
The stuff that you trade in Sanctifying Grace for is always destructive. Always.
We're talking about the Body and Blood of Christ. Nobody with an aspostolate should portray Its value in our lives like that of a motor vehicle. Let's kick it up a few notches.