By Jon Sweeney
Jon Sweeney, a self-described “evolved Protestant” and famous spiritual author, has lengthy been thinking about the Catholic Church. besides the fact that, it wasn’t until eventually he was once a tender missionary within the Philippines that he actually started to comprehend the Church’s traditions, mysteries, and spiritual ideals and its carry on those that persist with the culture. As he explains, Catholic spirituality is all approximately responding to the elemental secret of Jesus, the incarnation, and what all of it intended firstly in addition to what it potential today.In nearly Catholic, Sweeney bargains an appreciation of Catholicism, weaving within the tale of his personal explorations with these of others who've additionally been interested in this custom. He reveals himself attracted to the Church’s historic and medieval traditions out of a wish to connect to the inner most and widest paths at the approach. millennia of saints and practices and teachings and secret shape a connection for him to the very beginnings of Christianity.
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Modernity is based on the ideas that faith will always succumb to reason, but of course, it doesn’t. 14 Many of us today acknowledge that we live in a new era—some call it postmodernity —in which propositional truth, certainty, and even papal infallibility play the same sort of smaller role in a spiritual life that they played in the premodern worldview. We decide what is true in different ways. The Christian writer and activist Brian McLaren recently wrote, “How do you know if something is true?
Our catholicity leads us to embrace those who differ from us, which is difficult, because the same catholicity leads us to seek unity more often than reform. 4. We seek to work for the kingdom of God here and now, uncovering what is sacred in the world around us, working to lift and redeem all things. 5. We seek to see the world as it is, to see the truth as clearly as we are able, with the help of the Holy Spirit. We regularly admit to God, to ourselves, and to other human beings the nature of our sins and weaknesses.
You can listen to the birds, hushed, as Saint Francis of Assisi speaks. The presence of Christ also illuminates the spaces that we move in. We use spiritual practices as reminders of these things. This is why I love and admire the Catholic worldview—for its ability to redeem what is ordinary and make it extraordinary. Holy water fills the fonts at the entrances of churches, reminding us of our baptism. We dip our fingers in, making the sign of the cross from the forehead to the chest and from shoulder to shoulder, acknowledging the sacredness of entering into God’s presence: Forehead (mind) Chest (heart) Shoulder, shoulder (soul, strength) To genuflect upon entering church, before the Holy Eucharist, is another simple way of reminding ourselves of the presence we stand in.