The Quotable

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

~~Irish Blessing~~

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Last night on the NBC Nightly News I stopped to "listen" to the results of one of their polls. It had to do with organized religion. It seems that many are not staying to practice the religion of their families when they were growing up. the poll says they are looking for religion "that fits their needs" [paraphrased]. Imagine!

They don't understand, they don't choose, they've already been chosen (Isaiah 43:1-8) ! They want a religion of "convenience," a religion where nothing of their self need be expended. What has happened to being of service to others. I wonder if they are indeed Christian churches if the only reason one attends is to take and not give, hear the Word, but find no need to apply it to their lives. I don't mean only financial giving. Where is the "time and talent" meant in the service of Our Lord? When He washed the feet of the disciples He said "Do as I do," not, "Do as I do when you feel like it." When will children learn this if they do not see their parents in the act of self- giving. The home is where we find the means to salvation. Jesus is in our midst. The Church is the community of support, that foundation that gives us strength and worship, but the family is the center of education and example.

Humanity is still in dire need of Salvation. We are "Looking for love in all the wrong places..." The love of God is not easy "love", not necessarily a feel-good love. Christ loved till it hurt and He died for love of us so we might enjoy His everlasting love. That is only to be experienced by our death to this life, and yet we just don't get it, do we? It can't be found in a church that fits my needs, only God knows my needs. How does a church become a "Fits Your Needs Church"?

For the example of my family!!

Thanks be to God.


  1. Great thoughts! I think we all want life a bit comfortable and Jesus doesn't offer us that! We need all the grace we can get to keep on this path that God has called us onto. Great reminder. Thank you.

  2. This is why I am so grateful to my parents for my Catholic religion. I consider it my spiritual duty to raise my sons in the faith. I get so frustrated with friends who "church shop". Faith is not about what you get out of it, but what you put into it.

    God bless.

  3. It's always so sad to see reports like this! But, then I can see with my own eyes the many, many who practice the Faith whole-heartedly in wanderings around the internet. I know their prayers and example are powerful!

  4. An excellent post, Cathy. Too many are looking for a tailor made religion, a pick and mix as someone so aptly described it.

  5. You know one of the things I often hear and it annoys me is that comment, 'I got nothing out of Mass.' What on earth are they expecting? A lightening bolt? Or angels doing a break dance on the Altar?

    We dont go to Mass to be 'entertained' we go to Worship God and partake of the Sacraments for our good.

    Excellent points Cathy:) Thankyou.

    Peace to you:)



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