Thursday Thoughts

The first beneficiary of salvation is the Church. Christ won the Church for himself at the price of his own blood and made the Church his co-worker in the salvation of the world. Indeed, Christ dwells within the Church. She is his Bride. It is he who causes her to grow. He carries out his mission through her.”

— John Paul II, Redemptoris missio, 9


Take someone by the hand…

“To convert somebody, go and take them by the hand and guide them.”

— St. Thomas Aquinas

Notice that St. Thomas Aquinas does not say drag them by the hand kicking and screaming.   Mentoring someone in the Way of Christ requires humility, patience, love, and mercy.  Generally speaking, people don’t tend to take in a message when it’s being yelled or they feel they are being forced or manipulated into believing.

It bears repeating, to guide someone to Christ on the path to holiness REQUIRES humility, patience, love, and mercy.  True charity must be your motivation and gentleness, your method.

At the same time, you cannot give what you, yourself, are not already pursuing.  If you are not praying, how then can you effectively teach someone how to communicate with God?   If you are not participating in the sacramental life of the Church, how then can you speak with any credibility about the graces that are conferred?  If you are not loving towards others, how can you show that both that you truly love God and that God truly loves?  If you are not living an authentic Christian life, how can your life serve as an example of sanctification?  In other words, as you guide disciples towards holiness, you, too, need to be working towards holiness.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Lay Carmelites

The call from God to Elijah (1 Kings 17:2-4), the spiritual father of the Carmelites, is also the call to those persons called to the Carmelite vocation.  This includes a call to be:  detached from things that we put higher than God; to move away from sin; to find solitude for prayer; to love; to contemplate; and to persevere.  The Call to Carmel is achieved through a call to prayer, a call to community, and a call to service.

The Lay Carmelites of Christ the King Parish is a lay branch of the Third Order Carmelites.  The community supports the members in learning and practicing Carmelite spirituality through monthly community meetings and formation instruction.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Carmelites is encouraged to contact the parish office at 946-1675.