Monday, February 22, 2010

Created and Claimed by God

Catholic Catechism affirms those who cherish God’s creation. It, like many other religions and belief systems, recognizes that all life is dependent on each other. While man is made in God’s image, he cannot survive without the rest of God’s creation any more than flowers can survive without sunlight and rain. All comes from God. Therefore, all life shares a common bond because in its ultimate form, it is creation.

As I reflect on this, my thoughts become heavy. Do we have the right to define life when we come to understand that even the smallest living thing has a purpose, and contributes to our well being or individual demise? Man takes great pride in manipulating his world for personal gain and satisfaction. What does that say about his response to faith and trust in God?

Life has an order to it that God has preordained. When we dismiss God’s will, challenging the foundation of life, we are no better than Lucifer who was the most glorified angel, but wanted to be equal to God, not submissive to Him. Jesus Himself attests to this, “Who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.” (Philippians 2: 6 NAB)

Therefore, defining when life begins seems futile at best. At worst, I suppose it can produce the same fate of Lucifer, damning us forever in the depths of hell. It is not our place to determine who is and isn’t worth keeping, saving or otherwise a valued member of creation and society. “God loves all of His creatures and takes care of each one, even the sparrow,” (CCC pg. 99). “Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows. I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.” (Luke 12: 7-8 NAB)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Respecting Creation

As I reflect on the message of The Visible World (CCC pg. 98), I am once again confronted with man’s inability to fully appreciate and accept the love of God. Catholic Catechism clearly stresses that all life must respect creation in accordance with the nature of its being.

“Each of the various creatures willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.” (CCC pg. 98) Our intelligence as human beings therefore is good, so long as it directs itself back to its source, God the creator.

When we fail to keep our priorities straight, side-stepping the Ten Commandments or neglecting the gift of life in some small way, we short change ourselves. The gift of life is not a free pass to do whatever we want. It is a calling to accept that we were loved enough to be created, and share that love with others. It is bound by a duty to respect and affirm all creation, recognizing the Hand of God who made it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

God has a knack for getting our attention in different ways sometimes. He’s been letting me know that I need to keep up with this blog in subtle and not so subtle ways. I found myself exploring different things about my faith, some that I wouldn’t have thought twice about before. I also realized that faith is alive, not stagnant.

Anyone can write about Catholicism. Our job as Christians though, isn’t to report the facts as if they were part of the scenery. We are called to be the wind, flame and sense of humor that make Catholicism alive, sparking interest and faith that encourages dialog and teaches truth.

The purpose of this blog for me is to learn and share the Catholic Faith & Catechism in a new way. Sometimes that means taking what I’ve learned and applying it in different area of my life. One of the ways I’ve done this recently is by starting a Facebook group called Catholic Beliefs Explained last January. We have over 20 members already, and the conversation has been wonderful.

I also started a prayer group called Power of Prayer on Facebook at the same time. This is a non-denominational group that explores prayer in all of its forms, and prays for anyone with a request. There are currently 40 members in this group.

As for this blog, my next post will continue where we left off on page 98 of the Catechism. I will be posting it by tomorrow and continue to post regularly from here on out. Please accept this cordial invitation to join our Facebook groups. It is truly a pleasure to share my faith with you and I thank God daily for the opportunity.