Wednesday, 21 August 2013
A Faith Natural to Man Part I
I think that despite current difficulties the Catholic Church in Scotland is far from dead and predictions of its death are greatly exaggerated. It is not nearly as close to death as it has previously been.
While this previous near death experience was brought about by fire and dungeon and sword this current scattering is little more than our own doing. Although you can imagine how our own doing contributed to the fire dungeon and sword now.
As disaffected Catholics rushed into the arms of heresy then, they are more likely to rush into the relentless atheism of the age now. Anyone who hasn't been practicing the faith, or who doesn't have a clear awareness of its total suitability to our needs and most heartfelt desires is most vulnerable it goes without saying.
I have found the Catholic faith to be the most natural religions. When I watch other doctrines fall short in this respect, denying our most natural impulses and lacking in form or cohesion it is most evident to me that Catholicism is true, and that they are false.The failings of individual Catholics or large groups of them cannot change this fact for me and if I resort to having to convince myself again by reason in a moment of doubt, it is only to back up what I already have seen and experienced.
For example take the inclination of man to express himself in art. It is obvious now given the seeping tolerance of religious symbols in Presbyterian homes and places of worship that these items are making a return where they were once completely frowned upon as charms and superstitions. But here we have evidence of their Catholic hearts.
Similarly when they celebrate birthdays or mark anniversaries of the departed by visiting cemeteries and laying flowers they display their Catholic hearts. They might not pray for the dead yet but the previously unheard eulogies are getting longer and more frequent. This is nothing else but the fulfilling of a natural need previously denied and it will have to go further as their Catholic hearts continue to yearn for proper expression natural to them.
If the human person is spirit and flesh, then he must not only worship in spirit and truth but in spirit and body, with all our being. Which is to say actions speak just as loud as words, sometimes louder. I could not attempt to love the Lord our God with all my strength unless I would be able at times appropriate to fall to my knees in all my weakness.
To be continued.