Knowing Christ & His Message through Scripture, the Catechism, & the Catholic Church

Freedom in Christ…

Comfort in tribulation can be secured only on the sure ground of faith – holding as true the words of Scripture and the teaching of the Catholic Church.  – St. Thomas More

As we celebrate our country’s birth & Freedom, how important is God?

 

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St. Thomas More (1478-1535, Feast June 22)
Thomas was a friend of King Henry VIII and the Lord Chancellor of England–a position of power second only to the king. When the king sought a divorce and declared himself the head of the Church in England, Thomas opposed him and resigned. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London and martyred.
One of his more famous sayings, & a poignant reminder for those of us seeking to following Christ & His teachings: The things, good Lord, that I pray for, give me thy grace to labor for. Amen.Image result for st thomas more

Every time and every culture presents its own difficult choices, either for or against, our beliefs & decision as Christians to follow Christ.  This is why the Church holds up for us saints & martyrs — they serve as an inspiration and guide for us.  Although the path to Eternal Life, Love, & Happiness is difficult – many others have traveled the path, and are now where we hope one day to be as well.

Let us look to these holy and courageous men and women, so that at the end of our days we may be able to say with them: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  2 Timothy 4:7

Are there things occurring today in our culture that require you to make difficult choices? Choices that are opposed to your beliefs?  What do you do?  Do you understand the root of why Christianity may say something is wrong that our culture says is right and good?  Take time to learn about your faith; to learn about Christ and His teachings; to learn about true freedom.

How do you learn about what is right?  About what will make you free?

As a Christian, as a Catholic, there are a few ways to know how to make good choices.

First, be a person of prayer.  What does being a person of prayer mean? It means knowing that you are in a conversation… a conversation with God.  As one enters into a conversation, one also enters into a relationship.  Prayer calls us regularly into a deeper relationship.

Second, read Scripture.  Relationship implies wanting/needing to know the other more deeply.  Scripture will lead us to that deeper knowledge.

Third, find a guide; a spiritual guide to walk with you.  One of my mentors used to regularly tell me that the best guide was one who is: learned (they are well read in Scripture, in Tradition, in the lives of the Saints; they are also humble, and true witnesses.

A true witness will have the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22…). Are the joyful, patient, kind…?

Finally, read Scripture in the light of Tradition.  There are so many doing there own interpretation.  Tradition, which is not always a popular term, is however, a safe term.  It is safe because it comes from Christ and has been handed down from the Apostles and their successors to us.

Finally, and most importantly (although it still needs to be part of all the other listed above), if someone professes to be Christian, yet never or rarely speaks about Christ, I would seek other guidance.

True Freedom is found in Christ.  Ask and He will send His Spirit to guide you.

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018