I’ve traveled to Mexico many times in recent years, mostly to study Spanish and to immerse myself in a truly Catholic culture. This year, however, I wanted to meet my Mexican Courage brothers and sisters and to stretch my Spanish language skills. I’m not fluent in Spanish, and I really have to concentrate when listening […]
Will you accept the fact that you can’t do it alone and accept His grace which fills up all that is lacking in us; His grace which transforms us, heals our brokenness and makes us better?
The Church’s teachings bring me great comfort. The teachings don’t make living a chaste, celibate life easy, but they do help me to know that I am on the right track. It’s a difficult bumpy, twisty track, but it is leading me to a stronger relationship with Jesus.
Sometimes, sitting by myself in a big, crowded Church on a Sunday, I feel a little lost and find it hard to focus, but this small chapel feels personal and friendly. You can sense a quiet, peaceful spirit in this Christ-centered community. It’s easy for me to get into “the Mass zone.”
The celibate seeks to be a true self-gift to the entire Bride of Christ, in imitation of the Bridegroom, while, at the same time, responding to the call to be intimately, “nuptially,” united with God as the beginning or “foretaste” of our eternal unity with Him in heaven.
In my braver moments, I ask the Lord to let me go through my purgatory here on earth –then I start to fear that if God answers that prayer, I will eventually become the oldest living human being on this planet.
Though I’m grateful that God has redeemed my past mistakes, I still am tempted to sin, just as every man is. Though I sometimes stumble into unchaste behavior, thanks to the grace of God through His Church, and especially through Courage, I’ve made a commitment to living out chastity to the best of my ability.
Sometimes, when I’m wading in warm Gulf waters, I imagine that the water all around me is God’s love and mercy and I’m just floating there, immersing myself in His compassion and forgiveness.