Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wise Words from the Holy Father

"It is fine and consoling to know that there is someone who loves me and looks after me. But it is far more important that there is a God who knows me, loves me, and is concerned about me."

-Pope Benedict XVI,
Conclusion of the Year for Priests
Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
St Peter's Square
Friday, 11 June 2010

Sometimes on our pursuit for human love, we forget how incredible the love our God has for us is. I watched this speech on Rome Reports today and it was such a blessing, as I asked God before I went to sleep last night to silence my restless heart, until He's ready to give me a spouse, and to help me focus my love, passions, and desires on Him. This focus on God while we are single will carry over into married scripture implies it can be harder to search for the Lord with all our effort when we have a spouse to care for.
I am so inspired and thankful for this simple little message from the Pope! May the Lord bless him for his faith and encouragement to the flock!

1 Corinthians 7:32-34
But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife,and his interests are divided. The woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I just happened to stumble across your blog and was interested in your profile. You said you recently returned to your catholic faith after some time in protestant circles. What made you return?

R.A.~ said...

Well I was at the time in a group called Messianic Judaism, which essentially is a group of Christians and Jews who follow the mosaic law, but believe in Jesus. There was always this claim that this was how the EARLY church "did things", so I thought that in order to truly find God, we needed to practice the earliest form of Christianity.

But this angered my Catholic mother (lol!) so I swore I would read more of my bible and the catechism to at least give the RCC a chance (because the RCC was *also* a strong contender for "original Christianity", as it was the only church for 1500 years or so)

So with much prayer I just asked God to guide my path. If the RCC was as "evil" as I had been told in the MJ faith, then I would quit my study & break the news to my family immediately. However, my study (which is still ongoing) of the Church only revealed truth, misconceptions I held, and a serenity I had never felt before.

My faith & relationship with God is stronger now in this past year-year & 1/2 than it had been in the 3+ years in the Protestant faiths...I think my return was definitely God's doing though, His hand has been leading me perfectly!