Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Discernment: The role of sacrificial love

Discernment: I came across the following statement about discernment of one’s vocation and believe it is worth sharing. It was written in August of 2013 by Mother Katherine Caldwell, TOR, in an article entitled “There Is No Greater Love: The Close Bond between Martyrdom and Religious Life”. She writes:  

In discerning a vocation, it is, of course, not a matter of discerning
 if one is called to embrace the Cross. All Christians are called to
 follow Christ and to embrace the Cross—all are called to love as
 Christ has loved. The question is this: What way of giving yourself
 in loving sacrifice best matches the person who God made you to
be? Those called to religious life are specially consecrated to Christ
 by laying down their life through embracing the evangelical counsels
 of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Religious renounce family life,
personal possessions, and following one’s own will for the sake of
Christ and His Church. This radical way of letting go of the world and
those things that the world deems most important is for the greater
 good of giving oneself totally in loving and serving Christ and His
Church. Like the martyr, the religious who gives up the goods of this
life bears witness to the supreme love of Christ and directs all Christians
to gaze toward heaven, our true home, where the greatest Lover
desires us to be with Him forever.

The question that most touches me is: What way of giving yourself in loving sacrifice best matches the person who God made you to be?  In other words, each vocation in life—marriage, religious life, priesthood, or the single life—all involve sacrifice. What you, as a discerner, need to come to is your answer to that question.

1 comment:

    Are infants, unborn children, and young children sinners? Of course they are not sinners. To believe that you would have to believe the false doctrine of original sin. There is no Biblical evidence that men are now nor were they ever guilty of Adam's sin. Men die physically because of Adam's sin. Men die spiritually because the the sins they themselves commit.

    Romans 9:11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil......(NKJV)

    The unborn cannot commit evil.

    Deuteronomy 1:34-39 ......39 'Moreover your little ones and your children, who you will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it. (NKJV)

    The Lord does not punish children for the sins of their fathers nor for the sin of Adam.

    Isaiah 7:14-16 ...Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. 15 "Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16. "For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.(NKJV)

    Even Jesus had an age of accountability. Jesus had to reach an age where He knew right from wrong before He could be charged with committing sin. Infants, the unborn, and small children have to reach a certain age before they can be guilty of sin. Jesus was not guilty of Adam's sin nor did He Himself commit sin.

    The doctrine of original sin and infant baptism is a man-made tradition.

    Matthew 18: 2-3 ..."Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter into the the kingdom of heaven. (NKJV)

    Certainly Jesus was not saying you have to be guilty of original sin like these children to enter into heaven. Little children are not guilty of Adam's sin nor any other kind of sin.

    Hebrews 2:10-17....17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (NKJV)

    In order to believe the false doctrine of original sin you would have to believe that Jesus was guilty of Adam's sin and therefore a sinner from birth. Jesus had to made like us in every respect.

    Jesus was born like us all. NOT GUILTY OF ADAM'S SIN NOR ANY OTHER SIN.

    Men are only guilty of the sins they themselves commit at the point when they can distinguish good from evil. Yes, there is an age of accountability.

    You can believe the false doctrine of original sin and of children sinners that is written in man-made creed books or you can believe God's word as recorded in the Bible.

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