The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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Memorial Saints Basil and Gregory

Date: 
Mon, 01/02/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Do you hear it?  Within the depths of your soul, your spirit…do you hear it?
…that spiritual summons, that inner call emerging out of your created human nature?
Do you feel that inner urge, that primal drive that beckons you to be what you were created to be?
….beckons you to find and live within a most fundamental disposition and inclination?
Can you sense from the depths of your being the prompting of divine grace.
It’s there.  In all of us.  A voice crying out that says “you are created for freedom.”
Grace does not compel us towards this purpose, this ends.
As human beings we have the option of resisting grace.  Grace cannot and does not force us.
No, grace persuades.  It entreats us.  It entices us.
It tries to convince us to seek out and deliberately choose, deliberately surrender to God.
To choose in freedom the ways of God.   To choose in love to be obedient to God’s commands.
 
We are ordained by God for freedom.  We are meant to live in freedom.
Our dignity, our reason, our faith, our striving for truth….these find their ultimate expression in freedom.
Human satisfaction and fulfillment are realized in freedom.
Any form of slavery (sin for example) is an obstacle to our experience of fulfilment. 
 
I propose that through this coming new year that as an expression and celebration of our freedom,
we commit to expanding our faith in Jesus Christ:
that we work, we expend energy, we devote our attention to increasing
the height, the breadth, the length, the depth of our faith.
 
We are no longer children.  We have matured beyond a certain level.
As such, we have developed strengths within our spiritual lives.
We rely on these strengths.  We operate out of these strengths.  They become somewhat automatic.
 
Sooner or later, however, our ordinary ways of responding do not and will not work.
They don’t suit the situation we find ourselves in.  Some other approach is required.
If we don’t have a backup plan, so to speak,
if we don’t have other options in our repertoire, in our inventory,
if we have nothing with which to address or solve or navigate through the situation at hand,
the result is frustration, anger, spiritual clumsiness, a sense of helplessness, a sense of personal failure.
 
Let’s look at American football for a moment.
At this juncture of the season, a number of 1st string players are out with injuries.
If there is no depth to the team, if there are no other seasoned, competent players on the bench
to substitute for the best players, to stand in for the strong players, then the quality of play goes down.
Mistakes are made because of the lack of experience. 
And then fans, like my brother-in-law, become rather colorful in their arm-chair commentary
and call for the replacement of team managers.
 
Trust me when I say it is arrogance and pride that cause us to say
“I’ve already got everything I need to live in freedom and in faith.”
And when it comes to the Christian faith, there is no such thing as a one member team.
 
Anyway, we can increase the depth of our spirit by acknowledging,
and then working to strengthen, what is weak.
And it’s not just practice but practicing what is good, what will improve our current state.
It’s a matter of allowing ourselves to be coached by someone who is spiritually accomplished.
 
Our prayer for today:  “O Lord, with humility, in faith, according to love and as an expression of true freedom….help me to take responsibility for my own destiny never forgetting that by doing so I am contributing to the fulfillment of a common human destiny.  Amen!”