Have you ever had the experience of waking up from a sleep so deep that it actually took you a few moments to get your bearings…like remembering not only where you were, but who you were?
I’ve just finished the Cook lectures on the History of the Catholic Church because I am compelled to renew my faith and I believe in my heart that the Catholic Church is the last great sanctuary for Truth in dark and dangerous times.
Good and Happy Easter Morning to you Dear Friend! These last few days here in the Northeast have been the most perfectly clear and fresh spring days imaginable! I pray for these words to find themselves greeted by your heart and mind in the same spirit on this most amazing day of days.
The Resurrection of Truth
The challenge of faith is in the very subjective nature of it. It’s much easier to have faith, believe in and agree on the same sunset for example. But the mystery of God and therefore, faith in God lies more in the knowing of the heart than the experience of the senses…so I’d like to make this perfectly clear. This is the knowing of my heart.
Think about the most popular person you knew as a young child. What can you remember about him or her today? In my case, that person has all but vaporized leaving but a thin molecule of the most vague recollection. We can do the same with many way more public, social people….and even those who’ve achieved celebrity status down through the many centuries of life! Lots of blank screens, right?
So how does this one man, who didn’t invent electricity or the telephone (visualize Edison & Bell in your head), or the iPod (What will we remember of Steve Jobs 2,000 years from now?), leave such a permanent and lasting impression? The answer is really amazing in its utter simplicity;
He is who he said he was…He died for you and me in the most horrific way imaginable…and he kept his promise three days later…Today in fact!
Think of who he was in the context of the time he lived among us. Because…minus the electricity, phones and iPods…it really wasn’t all that different. People needed to work to care and provide for their families within societies that were governed by central taxing authorities (in his case, the Roman Empire). And there was also a well established hierarchy of authority within his own Jewish community.
The fact that the very heart of his teaching was beyond the grasp of the two authorities to control, made him a direct threat to their authority…especially when his teachings resonated so powerfully within the hearts and minds of a growing number of people. The reason he is with us so clearly and vividly 2,000 years later is because he was the purest manifestation of Truth to ever take human form. Truth unbound and unchained to any mortal authority. Truth completely free from the seduction of the subjective-peddling charlatans!
With all of its flaws and imperfections, the Holy Catholic Church has kept the flame of Truth alive in the sanctity of the Eucharist for more than 2,000 years…while so many institutions of faith have allowed themselves to become sandcastles before the rising tide of Central Authority…and worse.
I saw the picture yesterday of a “devotee” allowing himself to be nailed to the cross in one of many such Good Friday ceremonies taking place around the world. I wondered to myself what this particular “devotee’s” life looks like back in the real world, when he returns to his work and family, etc. Because allowing nails to be driven through your hands and feet in public means absolutely nothing, if you allow the same public to drive its nails through Truth while you remain silent!
This is the Truth I have fully awakened to in my heart! This is the miraculous glory of the Resurrection…like the seedling that penetrates the concrete barriers and ALL fortresses of earthly power to seek the light of the One Son, of the One Father and of the One Holy Spirit! So help me God….