“It takes about five miles to turn an aircraft carrier around. But I think we started the motion.”
Congressman Allen West
“You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters #12
Today I’m going to be flat-out at the Madonna Della Cava festival so other than any kind of posts by my co-bloggers this is likely going to be it.
On Thursday I got into several discussions concerning Homosexuality & the Church, Gay adoption etc and I was standing with Lisa Graas.
One might think because I have a different take or a less confrontational style and generally enjoy the debate itself that I might not be as rigid as Lisa on doctrine. This assumption would be a mistake. Doctrine is what it is and I’m certainly not going to change it, nor should I consider trying.
While I don’t have Lisa’s directness I do have a style I’m mindful of this scripture from Paul
Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew to win over Jews; to those under the law I became like one under the law – though I myself am not under the law – to win over those under the law. To those outside the law I became like one outside the law – though I am not outside God’s law but within the law of Christ – to win over those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. 1 Cor 9 19-22
I will do my best to empathize with any person and maintain a speaking relationship because you can’t persuade someone who is so angry that they will not listen, but in doing so I will not and can not justify a decision toward sin, particularly mortal sin. Nor will I call it good or allow a fellow Catholic in particular to do so.
My plan is the CS Lewis Screwtape plan in reverse. I’m not expecting to convert anyone I’m only hoping to as Col West described it start to turn the carrier make people think.
As long as the seeds of that movement are planted the potential for that turn is there and if one can get someone moving in the right direction, and authentically searching for God’s Truth it’s highly likely God will give a person a path there.
I don’t discount sin, I have my own to deal with and at time the temptation is overwhelming and I’m not proud of my failures, but that’s why God provides the sacrament of confession so if we fail we can get back on track and have a coach to keep us moving where we need to be.
We have a lifetime to get where we need to go. Maybe the people I talk to will make it there, maybe not. Maybe Lisa’s urgency as we don’t know the day or hour is better. I honestly don’t know, but as there are many different examples as there are Saints perhaps it’s less important how we move the ball then getting the ball moving.
In many ways I think Lisa has both more courage than me & more love for people in sin than me. If a person insists on sin and declines to speak further I stop. Not Lisa. She is so desperate to save strangers and those who hate her from damnation she is willing to be hated, abused, mocked, stalked and so much more for Christ.
A lot of people, particularly the non-religious mistake that for zeal or pride. They couldn’t be more wrong. It’s love. Lisa loves people so much she is willing to be hated, mocked and have every calumny thrown upon her if in her mind there is the slightest chance she might persuade them and any others from mortal sin.
That takes a special kind of love & courage. I simply don’t know if I have as much as she in either department.
Sunday. A new week begins and so a new Da Weekly paycheck quest begins.
Last night with under 3 hours to go I managed to get da full paycheck proving as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over until it’s over.”
I’ve never made my full paycheck the very first day. It would be nice to have it happen, for me because it would be a worry free week, for you the reader because the tip jar requests would be retired till the next Sunday.