LET IT aLL sTART hERE
For Catholics who care...
When I invited a woman who works at St. Mary's, Oneonta, NY, to read and respond to my latest blog bit on "The Catholic 'Man-Crisis' " at Let It All Start Here, she said: "I'd be happy to. I have six sons."
Six sons! What could I possibly say to a woman who has taken on the awesome responsibility of raising six men? And, raising them at a time that, as Fr. Cambi (Sacred Heart, Stamford, NY) suggests, has never been so challenging.
I say: Pray. This is not to suggest that one prays for something specific, but instead, that one assumes the posture of prayer so that the Holy Spirit may effect change in one's life.
Simply: "Be still and know that I am...." Psalm 46:10
This blog has been launched for two reasons: As a means of evangelization, and as a platform where Matthew Kelly's concept,
The Genius of Catholicism, could be examined. I'm composing this blog bit today with a copy of Kelly's THE FOUR SIGNS OF A DYNAMIC CATHOLIC on my desk, along side THE ESSENTIAL NIETZSCHE. You may wonder: What do these two men have to do with one another? Afterall, Matthew Kelly is a faithful follower of Christ, and Nietzsche is famous for his anti-Christian philosophy.... How does this work? Well, in a strange way, Nietzsche's insights into human nature support Matthew Kelly's belief in the necessity of prayer.
Matthew Kelly writes: "Dynamic Catholics have a daily commitment to prayer. God is not a distant force to these people, but rather a personal friend and adviser. They are trying to listen to the voice of God in their lives, and believe doing God's will is the only path that leads to lasting happiness in this changing world (and beyond)."
Nietzsche once said, "When we are alone and quiet, we fear that something will be whispered in our ear. So we hate silence and drug ourselves with social life."
Prayer is not only one of the four signs of a Dynamic Catholic, a Catholic who is willing to let God transform his or her life, but it is the catalyst for that transformation. God calls you to holiness, or to grow in virtue and character. So what can we do? What can the mother of six sons do as she supports her sons on their journey to manhood? Pray.