Monday, January 04, 2010

The Dignity of Being Causes

I really love the blog Intentional Disciples. I want to keep more current with reading it as things are posted. But just this morning, I came across this December 27th post entitled The Second Eve and the Dignity of Being Causes, on which I could stand to meditate for a good long time.

Here are a few snippets:

Why does God give certain charisms only to a few? For instance, if a few people having the gift of healing is a wonderful thing, why not give the gift to millions? Of course, we don’t know why God distributes the gifts the way that he does. Such questions are natural and intriguing but they can distract us from a far deeper mystery: why does God bother giving us any gifts at all? ...

Why delegate any real power to us to affect things for good or ill?...

Why does God insist on raising us to the dignity of being causes? And not just causes of trivial things but of ideas, decisions, actions, and movements whose consequences ripple through the lives of million over the centuries and right into eternity.

When we ask such questions, God does not respond with an answer. Instead, he gives us a mystery: the Incarnation....

God does insist on raising us to the dignity of being causes. If this is true, how many people's lives and salvation, how many communities, organizations, families, and cultures - history itself and its eternal significance - hang in the balance on the life choices of ordinary Catholics?

What possibilities in the year ahead are contingent upon my choices, your choices? Our listening obedience to God's voice through the Scriptures and the Tradition, the prompting of the Holy Spirit or the guidance of our guardian angel?
Why does God delegate real power to affect things for good? Why has a certain kind of real power touched my life? What do I do with it? This has been my pondering, and seeing it put in print by someone else makes me sit up and take all the more serious notice of the questions.

Check out the whole blog here and the associated Catherine of Siena Institute here.

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