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Navigating the Interior Life

In 04 Fr. John McCloskey on 2013/10/03 at 12:00 AM

How many times have you opened a book that promised to change your life, only to become disillusioned by the end of it (or long before!) upon finding that you did not understand it or agree with it or that you simply were not willing to exert the willpower necessary to follow the author’s advice on how to lose weight, improve your memory, speed read, or run for office and become the governor of your state?

The book you now hold in your hands is substantially different, but before I tell you why it might be helpful to share the vantage point from which I offer this observation. By God’s mercy and grace, I am a priest of 30 years and have had the great privilege of providing spiritual direction to souls ranging from a supreme court justice nominee, a United States senator, a prominent radio talk show host, priests and women religious of various orders, and good hardworking lay men and women. From where I stand there is nothing more important than the aggressive pursuit of progress in our relationship with God.

Why? Because death is inevitable. Billions of dollars are spent yearly and endlessly to cure diseases, push back the onset of mortal illness, and–in the case of diehard atheists–attempt to prolong life for thousands of years, anticipating a time when humankind will achieve immortality. Even a former President of the United States said, “I want unlimited scientific discovery and I want unlimited applications. We want to live forever and we are getting there” (William Jefferson Clinton).

But those of us who are sincere practicing Catholics know that our most important work in this life is to prepare ourselves for the next one, where we really will be immortal.

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Came and Went Before; Now Appears and Vanishes

In 07 Observations on 2011/06/09 at 9:00 AM

There is no doubt that when the Apostles saw Jesus of Nazareth, their Lord, ……..this experience broke the limits of the normal and made these ordinary men commit themselves to Him in an extraordinary manner for the rest of their lives.

He told them he had come and that he would go away but come again, yet now we appeared suddenly (and disappeared) not just a spirit but the same bodily Lord they had lived with for three years.

Jesus was transformed in an incomprehensible manner.  He was really bodily alive and his wounds showed themselves clearly to their corporal eyes.  They could touch Him, but He was transformed.

The Word of God had become flesh in the Incarnation and by his transfiguration in His Resurrection, he remained man forever.  His humanity accompanies Him forever into eternal glory.

Jesus Christ is the God of the Resurrection.  He is now supremely divine and human and now man can believe that man is not only human but has an eternal destiny which will achieved when he too rises from the dead and we share in His Transfiguration.

When we partake of the Holy Eucharist by eating His body and drinking His blood, we are already participating in this transfiguration

In resurrection, the entire person is re-created by the power of God.  We end the Creed of the Apostles with: “I believe in the Resurrection of the Body and life everlasting. Amen.”