Monday, August 8, 2016

The Grid of Grace

From Catholic Man:
So much is spoken, in our times, of an epidemic of illiteracy when it comes to our faith. We place blame on poor catechesis – and that may be part of the problem – but one rarely hears about the lack of “hunger for the truth.” Yes, we must educate, but where is the “hunger” to “be” educated? That comes from someone who is filled with grace!

Not only that, but where is the “real talk” of spiritual warfare? You see? I believe evil is running unabated in our times because, as the passage from Matthew states, there is a spiritual emptiness that evil has come to fill.

An image I often use to describe this is, “Power Grid of Grace.” There was a time, only 50 years ago, when we saw …
  • Monasteries sprinkled across the country
  • Brimming Catholic Schools everywhere
  • Convents flourishing
  • Homes filled with prayer and devotions
  • Churches open all day as many made “chapel visits”
  • Parish devotions, such as Holy Hours
  • Amazingly reverent Masses everyday
The image used in the post (above) is one that shows the many cell towers throughout the United States. It’s not hard to imagine that, at one time, a similar map to this would indicate all of those powerhouses of grace mentioned above … a kind of “Power Grid of Grace.” Friends … the “Grid of Grace” is down – a kind of supernatural force field – and the darkness of evil is penetrating our land at an alarming rate.

We keep trying all of our manmade remedies to “evangelize,” and we continue to come up empty.
Looking at them, Jesus said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, because all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27
Program after program, book after book, DVD after DVD, and the same diminishing amount of folks are drawn to these. All the while we persist with our cheesy, effeminate, horizontal, man-centered liturgies that do little, if anything, to assist souls to “participate” in the grace offered in the Source and Summit of our faith … it is like sprinkling water upon a rock. Uninspired, these souls remain empty and vulnerable to the infiltration of the darkness of evil. (Read more.)

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