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 Volume 1.13  This View’s Guest Column May 6, 2002 

Reawakening the American Catholic Church:
Where to Start
    Emily Stimpson    

Start simple. Tell us what God wants.

Sunday morning. 11:15 a.m. Father John Doe of St. Peter’s Catholic Church finishes reading the Gospel and looks up at the congregation. He pauses for a long moment, then begins.

“Be Holy. Despite what you may have heard from this pulpit in the past, God’s primary call to you is to be holy. Whatever your vocation, whatever your age or station in life, what God wants of you is holiness.

In today’s Gospel, a Pharisee asks Jesus, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law.” He responds, “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind.”

That my friends is holiness. Our Lord’s Sacred Heart burns with such passionate love for us, that His greatest desire is for us to love Him in return with all of our heart, soul and mind.

Love God with your whole heart. Love Him with the ardor and fire of a newly wedded bride. Love Him as the beginning and end of your existence. Love Him as your Creator, as the source of all that is good in you and good in your life. Love Him with Humility, knowing you are so little. Love him with longing, wanting desperately to be beautiful and pleasing in His eyes. Love Him with shame, hurting that he endured so much for your sins.

Love God with your whole soul. Love Him by submitting to His commandments. Love Him by turning away from yourself. Love Him by yielding your stubborn and foolish will to His gracious and perfect one. Love Him by loving the cross, bearing sufferings with gentleness and patience. Love Him when you’re tired, when you’re busy, and when you’re grieving. Love Him when the last thing in the world you want to do is love Him.

Love God with your whole mind. Love His law; seek to know it. Love the teachings of His Church; seek to understand them. Love logic, order, and reason; look for them in His Word. Love God in the Liturgy; it is there for you to see Him more clearly. Love God in history; His holy people, His popes, priests, and saints image Him. Love God in the sciences; they give testimony to Him. Love God in truth; like Him, it is one.

Love God with your whole heart, soul, and mind, and you will be holy. You will be gloriously and joyously holy. Kindness, wisdom, and charity will flow from you, because they can now flow to you. You will be happy, you will be fulfilled, you will be at peace, because you will finally know who you are and what you are meant for.

On your journey to holiness you will stumble and fall. But, keep your eye on the cross and trust in the grace of God, given to you in the precious Sacraments of His Church, to move you each day of your life closer to Him. Be holy. That is your charge.”

Fool’s Folly
April 24, 2002

© Emily Stimpson 2002. Used with permission.

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 Volume 1.13 This View’s Guest Column May 6, 2002 

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Cor ad cor loquitur J. H. Newman — “Heart speaks to heart”