So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, October 5, 2015

Where is Grace?

For all the talk about how difficult the Christian life is, why are priests and bishops ignoring the help that God offers to souls to enable us to live the commandments?

Having made the rounds of many local parishes this past summer, and conversing with fellow Catholics about the topic, not one homily of recent memory has included mention of the word grace in connection with the living of the Christian life!

For all the chatter about the Synod on the Family, why are our shepherds failing to remind us that, if we pray for God's help to live the Christian life expressed in various vocations or situations, God will give us the grace to live the life we are called to live?

Have we become so pelagian that we have no need for God's grace? Abundant grace is available to every person no matter what his or her station in life is: married; ordained; single; divorced.

The power to change lives, the remedy for man's ills is available if we ask God for the grace we need to live according to His design.

Why are our shepherds failing to preach on grace! We are abandoned to pop-psychology and low-bar excuses to avoid the challenge of the Christian life.

God gives grace, and He gives us His life generously—especially in and through the Mass and the reception of Holy Communion—to help us live our lives to the full! The problem is, we're not hearing about God's grace from the pulpit. Is that because priests and bishops do not believe in the power of grace to transform lives?

Need grace? Ask God for it!

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