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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Lesson of Matthias

We draw from this a final lesson: while there is no lack of unworthy and traitorous Christians in the Church, it is up to each of us to counterbalance the evil done by them with our clear witness to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

--Pope Benedict XVI, discussing the selection of Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot among The Twelve.

This is a very Catholic perspective of Salvation. We exist both as individuals as well as intrinsic parts of the Mystical Body of Christ. Jesus came to save each of us individually, but He also is the Redeemer of all mankind. His Passion, Death, and Resurrection are for our collective Salvation as well. When one member of the Mystical Body of Christ sins, the entire Body suffers. Therefore, we must work to atone for our own sins as well as the sins of others.

The prayers of the Divine Mercy Chaplet echo this concept:

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

It is very easy to point our fingers at the “Catholic” politicians who support abortion and other facets of the culture of death. We can seethe with disgust for the priests who betray their vows with sexual sins. We can complain about the cafeteria Catholics who pick and choose which teachings of the Church they will accept. It is very easy to shake our fists at the bishops, priests and religious who fail to lead in concert with the Magisterium and shake our heads at the religious educators who water down the fullness of the Faith.

Yet, we are called to do much more. We must first get down on our knees and pray for God’s mercy. We are all sinners. There are those who are seriously damaging the Mystical Body of Christ with grave offenses. We must pray for forgiveness of our own sins as well as offer prayer and sacrifices in atonement for the grave sins of others. For every supporter of abortion we must offer our prayers. We must also offer our material support to crisis pregnancy centers, homes for unwed mothers, and other pro-life efforts. We must offer prayers and support for the victims of sexual abuse. We must offer compassionate yet faithful catechesis to all members of our parish. We must support efforts to make our liturgies reverent and prayerful. We must pray for our priests and bishops. Please remember to offer them kudos as often as you can. They are leading a counter-cultural Church and it is a daunting task.

The point is we are called to do so much more than highlight the negatives. We must make up for the failings of ourselves and others with positive action.

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