17 Sep

“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.”  ~Julien Green

“Something is not right”.  How many times do we say that to ourselves? “Something is not right.” We may say that because we are not feeling well.  We cannot pinpoint what, exactly, may be wrong.  We just know that things are not the way they should be.  We may say that when we look at ourselves in the mirror.  We may not like our weight, the complexion of our skin, a yellowness in our eyes, et cetera.

There are other times that we say the same thing because of relationships. We meet someone and may think that something is not quite right.  Perhaps we have had a long-standing relationship with someone but something happened.  Something may have been said or done that has soured the relationship but we cannot quite point to what it was.  All we know is that something is off.

The same thing happens to some people in their spiritual lives.  They may have gone through a period, sometime an entire life, of prayers and doing good works.  And then, all of a sudden, there is something that niggles at us that says that something is not quite right with our relationship with God.  Perhaps we are not praying the way we ought.  Or, maybe, we are being called to do something more in our faith lives.

Or, just maybe, we are being called to an entirely different walk in our faith lives.  Some people even find themselves considering leaving the practice of their faith in one religion and converting to another.

This is the time of year that we invite those who have been thinking about God’s call of conversion from one faith to the Catholic Church.  The RCIA process is preparing to begin again in a couple of weeks.  As we think about the people who might be called to embrace the Catholic Church, we also need to think about our own faith.

Are we living the faith as completely as we ought?  Are there things that we need to do differently in order to be more faithful to the Lord?  Are we too complacent in our prayer life?  Do we do enough charitable works of mercy?  Are we the people of love that we are called to be?

These may be big questions; but, we need to take the time to answer them honestly so that we can stay on the path to God’s Kingdom.

FAITH ACTION:   Pray for those who are being called to a different walk of life.