Jules van Schaijik
#1, Feb 27, 2012 9:53pm
Now that you mention it, it is an interesting formulation: "To know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world, and be happy with Him forever in the next." Not only, as you say, would we like some happiness with Him in this world, but we also want to know, love, and serve Him in the next. Clearly we are not intended to take the contrast implied by the phrase too literally.
Thanks for your thoughts on Lent. It's good to keep these things in mind. I don't usually see Lent as reductive or restrictive, but I do usually experience it that way.
Katie van Schaijik
#2, Feb 27, 2012 10:38pm
Teresa, you remind me of a priest friend who was an avid stamp collector. He used to dread that God would ask him to sacrifice his stamp collection, as a sign of his love and commitment. Whenever the thought came to mind, he would express (mentally) his willingness to do it if God asked, but he really, really didn't want to.
Finally came the day when he thought God was actually asking him to give it up. He did, and he felt completely liberated and joyful over it—relieved of a burden. He said, "Here I was thinking God wanted me to prove something, when really, He just wanted me to be free."
#3, Mar 1, 2012 2:18pm
Katie -- I kind of felt the same way this Lent -- about a month ago Western Chauvinist mentioned that the Catholics at Ricochet might not have been "raptured" if they all disappeared in late February. I argued with God and myself for some weeks before I decieded to do it... and I have so much more time for the people and things I really love (and also for the laundry, which I love less but need to do more...)
And Teresa -- I was trying to explain this very thing to my children yesterday. Being a leap year, we all enjoyed singing the song from Pirates of Penzance yesterday, "A paradox, a paradox, a most ingenious paradox..." I explained to them the Christian paradox, that in death we have new life, that in dying we rise, that in obedience we find freedom, and that in libertinism we find slavery, etc.