It is in this very situation that all of us, and especially our children, adolescents, and young people, need to live faith as joy and to savor that profound tranquility which the encounter with the Lord gives rise. The source of Christian joy is the certainty of being loved by God, loved personally by our Creator, by the One who holds the entire universe in his hands and loves each one of us and the whole great human family with a passionate and faithful love, a love greater than our infidelities and sins, a love which forgives. This certitude and this joy of being loved by God must be conveyed in some palpable and practical way to each one of us, and especially to the young generations who are entering the world of faith. —Pope Benedict XVI
For someone who was labeled “God’s Rottweiler”, Pope Benedict XVI sure spends a lot of time talking about joy and love. It is so very easy to get sucked into the vortex of ranting. Modern liturgical music is abysmal! The state of catechesis today is pathetic! Too many “Catholic” politicians are hypocrites! I do not deny the truth of any of these statements. I also think as faithful Catholics we must work tirelessly to rectify these problems. Sometimes, though, in the crusade against heterodoxy we can lose sight of the joy of orthodoxy.
So I guess today’s post is a pause in the ranting to just step back and revel in the joy of our faith. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. Through one eternal sacrifice, Christ redeemed mankind. Christ continues this self-giving in the Holy Eucharist. He comes to us truly present—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—at every Mass. His mercy is so great that there is nothing we can do to make him turn from us. If our relationship with Christ is ruptured, it is because we have turned away from him. We need only turn around and run towards Him, and the same arms that opened wide on the cross for our salvation, will open wide to welcome us back. With such assurances, how could we help but be anything but joyful.