Christianity and the 3 things needed to salvage world spirituality

pope-benedict_2384214kIn his wonderful book ‘Introduction to Christianity,’ Pope (emeritus) Benedict XVI spoke of Christianity in the ‘ghetto’ of irrelevance, particularly in Europe, in the period immediately surrounding the collapse of socialistic dictatorships in, and around, the year 1989.  This period marked a significant loss of the Christian spirit of discipleship after Europeans, particularly the youth, jumped on the Marxist bandwagon in hopes of a do-it-yourself utopia, only to be discouraged from all ‘meta-narratives’  claiming truth and salvation, to include Christianity.

And this has left a continent hungering for God, only to self-feed on worldly ‘spirituality,’ religion and mysticism void of Revelation, and the ‘dictatorship of relativism.’

To make matters more relevant, isn’t this the situation America is currently in?

In the face of the consequences of Nietzsche, and the despair that ‘God is dead,’ Christianity has three things to offer the world in a response that sings with joy and hope, ‘He is Risen!’

1) We must offer the God of both Judgment Day (Truth, free will, purposeful life, the dignity of every human person) and the Merciful Lord of the Cross and the empty tomb. The God who ‘judges and suffers.’ The God of Justice and Mercy, compassion and Truth.

2) We must offer the God who ‘sets limits and standards for us.’ This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ This is the God of virtue, holiness, and the path to perfection in the Holy Spirit. This is the God who gives all things meaning, even suffering.

3) We must also offer the ‘Alpha and the Omega,’ our Creator and our Redeemer, our beginning and our end, our means and our end, our birth and our salvation, and our Father and our beatitude.

In doing so we reveal the Person of God, the Trinity of Love, the face of God in Jesus, and the Holy Spirit of His Body in the Church to a world seeking His transcendence when He offers his Loving immanence.

God bless!

 

 

 

 

Published by: Thomas Yanoti MTS

I am a graduate of Ave Maria University--the Institute for Pastoral Theology (IPT), with a Master of Theological Studies degree (MTS). I love Theology. I love the Church. I love the Sacraments, particularly the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the Most Blessed Sacrament--the Eucharist. I love them most because they bring me closer to the Mercy of Jesus. I also love His Truth...found in His Church's Teaching and in Sacred Scripture. I hope to share this Treasure Chest of Wisdom, and learn from the people of God I encounter in this blog. For in each of us is the Holy Spirit of God, and each of us brings Jesus to each other in our shared faith, hope, and charity.

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4 thoughts on “Christianity and the 3 things needed to salvage world spirituality”

  1. In a world scheme, Christianity or any other spiritual belief is always irrelevant, except maybe for theocratic governments. And even then it is not an easy task to make one out of the two. If we try to serve two masters we will always end up loving the one and despising the other, no?

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      1. I don’t believe a truly spiritual government can exist until that day when we enter into the City of God (Augustine). Even if it comes close it is still far and away short of the ideal. The flesh (world) and the spirit are always at war with one another.

        While we war with the world and may even be crucified for the battle, there can never be a peaceful settlement between the two. We may live in the world, but according to the spirit. They are on the opposite ends of the same spectrum.

        Do we enforce our spirituality on all who would live in the same government? Do we excommunicate the heretic and consign them to infernal regions. Do we burn the witches? Do we do what not even God would do by killing and making second class (or worse) those who do not follow our SPIRITUAL will?

        God gives me the will necessary to chose between the Spirit and the World. By my own will, I choose the consequences inherent in my choice. I would not attempt to legislate for others that from which even God refrains.

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  2. True Christianity, is not burning witches, killing or making second class those who do not follow the will of the Spirit. I can name a religion that does these things…but it is not Christianity. As far as excommunicating heretics, parents ‘excommunicate’ people from their homes who send dangerous and untrue messages to their children. After all, in today’s society, heretics can start their own religion. And let us not forget my dear and true friend, the persecutors and excommunicators in our America, and in Europe, they are not the Church toward the unbeliever, but the secularist-socialist-atheist toward the believer. The Truth shall set us free. Peace in Christ!
    Visit Cor Novus…

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