Every now and then, I come across a few ideas, no matter how small, that meet my feeble mind in a sequence that can't be described as anything but intended and arranged by Someone. That's exactly what happened tonight, as I've been praying for relief from a spiritual dry spell and period of wondering, why do we believe what we believe? Why am I Catholic?
The question was not so much a mental expression of serious doubt as it was a prayer for a spiritual gulp for a thirsty soul. It was precisely then that I came across the passage from 1 Peter above in the Magnificat's August 30 Preface to the Evening Prayer Psalm, Psalm 27:
There is one thing I ask of the Lord, for this I long, to live in the house of the Lord,all the days of my life,to savor the sweetness of the Lord,to behold his temple.
For there he keeps me safe in his tent in the day of evil. He hides me in the shelter of his tent, on a rock he sets me safe.
O Lord, hear my voice when I call; have mercy and answer. Of you my heart has spoken:"Seek his face."
It is your face, O Lord, that I seek; hide not your face.
I am sure I shall see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living. Hope in him, hold firm, and take heart. Hope in the Lord!That short preface and psalm snapped the entirety of the faith back into crystal-clear perspective. We believe because we have been told. We hunger and thirst for righteousness, and we know that we will be satisfied (cf Mt 5:6). We know the Truth because he has given himself to us completely, without reserve, and continues to the end of time, in a love greater than the world could ever imagine. Although we do not yet see him as he is, we live in hope because we know that he lives and longs for our love in return. We have found our way by getting lost in him. He desires to dwell with us, and us with him, forever. He will wipe every tear from our eyes.
Because of his promises, sealed in the victory of his Resurrection, we live with the joy of the Disciples who were his witnesses, the fearlessness of the Apostles after Pentecost, and the tradition of the saints who have gone before us. We know the Way, and so we walk in him, unafraid.
Shortly after coming across the psalm, as if to put an exclamation point at this end of his reply to my prayer, I felt a nudging to check out Joseph K's blog, Defend Us In Battle, which I hadn't visited for a while. So I clicked, and came across this beautiful video that he posted yesterday. We Are Catholic is downright powerful, and ends with a timeless quote from our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI:
"Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of your future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment in history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world."
THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOURSELF AND FOR YOUR CHURCH!