The problem with Catholicism is not the imperfection of religion, or the lack of the fullness of Truth, but the flabby attitude of those who claim her blessed name. Woe to the world for all the sins of omission committed by distracted Catholics. Joy to the world for the Savior truly present within her sacrament. Blessed are those who find this Savior, in communion, and with His Mother in the Rosary. For the woes will be lessened in the Joy of Jesus, truly present within our heart.
"'Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it; their wickedness has come up before me.'” But Jonah made ready to flee to Tarshish away from the LORD...The LORD, however, hurled a violent wind upon the sea..."
Baptized into the fullness of Truth--in the saving Life of Jesus Crucified and Risen--we, the stubborn Catholic, turn our backs on God, not only in mortal sin, but in venial sins--disrespectful slights--and, of even greater consequence (and occurrence), sins of omission. The world, of which we are part of this fallen race, desperately needs the presence of the Incarnate Christ, in saints who turn the tide of spiritual warfare in the favor of mercy, through personal virtue.
"They knew that he was fleeing from the LORD, because he had told them...Then they took Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea’s raging abated."
But when (not if) we fail, the world has no choice but to toss away Catholicism (because of us) as a choice for salvation, into the sea. But unbeknownst to the world, the very Savior the Catholic was supposed to bring them is the cause of the calming of the raging sea. Furthermore, in a paradox mysteriously revealed in Love, this very same Savior came down from heaven and, willingly, was tossed into the belly of the beast for the salvation of all mankind.
"But the LORD sent a large fish, that swallowed Jonah; and Jonah remained in the belly of the fish three days and three nights...Then the LORD commanded the fish to spew Jonah upon the shore." Jonah 1:1--2:2, 11
What Catholics fail to do, their Lord Jesus fulfilled to perfection. For the Cross is the fishes belly, and the resurrection is, not a regurgitation, but a renewal of the human person in the Risen and Eucharistic Lord.
"For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the sea, and the flood enveloped me...When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the LORD; My prayer reached you in your holy temple." Jonah 2:3-5, 8
As flabby as our Catholicism is, at times, the Lord of the Eucharist, and the Son of His Mother and her Rosary, stand firm in Mercy, bestowing grace in repentance, faith, hope, charity, and the will to reengage the world we formerly omitted from 'our' plans. For Jesus' Cross and our cross are intricately united through baptism as Jesus' tomb and our death to self (and our propensity for sins of omission) are linked with Jesus' Resurrection and our rebirth in apostolic commission (versus sins of omission).
"You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart...and your neighbor as yourself.”
For Jesus encountered a lawyer who questioned the Way to heaven, and Jesus responded with the great commandment. But how can this be accomplished within the heart and mind of a flabby Catholic? There is only One Way! Through communion with the Eucharistic Christ. For in, with, and through Jesus, we can overcome ourselves and become the person that the Father envisioned when he breathed our soul into existence. For the Cross, and the Christ on the Cross, in Risen form, sweep us up in the Love of the Father, in the Spirit of Communion with the angels and saints in heaven, and strengthen us to love our neighbor...even those who sit in the pew next to us.
"A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho...But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight." Luke 10:25-37
Samaritans were hated by the Jews during the time of Jesus earthly life. But Jesus rehabilitated the Samaritan in the telling of this parable of compassion. Jesus can do the same for flabby Catholics too. And the Church has a very practical--yet spiritually loaded--way in the Rosary. Personally speaking, my spiritual flabbiness has been greatly diminished as I have prayed with Mary. She has led me on the Way to becoming a rehabilitated Samaritan in the compassion of her Son. For in the Rosary, while meditating on the Life of Jesus, I have become aware of the depths of belly of the fish in personal sin, and the beauty of the Life of Jesus in authentic Catholicism.
Thank you Mary. Thank you Catholic Church. Thank you Jesus! If you feel the weight of the sins of omission pulling you down in the belly of the big fish, please consider finding Jesus, our Savior, through Mary. Countless have, countless live anew.
Why not you?