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Broken? – Stanza VII – Part II

November 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken

For when our human strength prevails,
pride and self-reliance grow.
We then forget that we are creatures,
whom to God, due worship owe.

Do we really owe God anything? Yes. Love. It’s the only thing we can give Him, the only thing He wants is that we freely return His love. And we gain everything in return!

In the book, “Lift Up Your Heart” Archbishop Fulton Sheen says:

Let Go of Fear

God does not love us because we are lovable of and by ourselves, but because he has put his own love into us. He does not even wait for us to love; his own love perfects us. Letting it do this, with no resistance, no holding back for fear of what our egotism must give up, is the one way to the peace that the world can neither give nor take away.

God creates us, loves us deeply and tenderly, draws us to Himself, and gives us every opportunity possible to turn to Him, and love Him in return because He is Love!

Our problem is fear, and in his talks, “The Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Lively Virtues”, Fr. Robert Barron says that fear is the root of all sin. Because of the devil’s insinuations, Adam and Eve were afraid that God was holding out on them.

The problems and issues of this world we live in blind us to the greater spiritual realities, the main one being that God IS reality. He has everything under control whether it seems that way to us or not. But when we are spiritually blind, we cannot see what God sees; we can only see the physical realities and propaganda that are ‘hammered´ into our consciousness every waking moment of the day. And like Adam and Eve we fall into the trap, we allow fear to be insinuated into our beings, we turn away from Love, and turn inward on ourselves instead.

The amazing advancements in science and technology can easily lead us to a false belief that, “We know so much now, we don’t need God….if He even exists.”

It’s interesting though, that even with all our expert knowledge, we can’t make anything original; we can’t make something from nothing. All we can do is make things from other things, and far from being original, anything we make is only a combination of ideas that have already been presented to us. Think about that.

God is not limited like we are. He could snuff us out in an instant if he chose to, but He doesn’t because He is love. He has given us free will even though He knew how horribly we would misuse it. He wants us to love Him freely because otherwise it’s not really love. The Bible is loaded with many good reasons for us to love God, many examples that show why we are in His debt, and, at the very least, we should be generous in returning His love.  

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you,…” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139 13)

“…the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.” (Genesis 1:7)

If we honestly seek Truth, through science, faith, and reason, we will eventually arrive at God; it cannot be otherwise. And if we invest even a small amount of time honestly seeking to learn about God, we will eventually come to love Him. That too, cannot be otherwise, because God is everything that is good, true, and beautiful.

We are creatures, and as most older Catholics learned in their Baltimore Catechism, God created us to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this life, so we can be happy with Him forever in the next.

Sounds like a bargain to me!

Love & Prayers,

Becky

This post is part of a series. The introduction and other articles from the series can be found here once they have been published.

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About Becky Ward

Becky is a wife, mother of four (One in heaven), grandmother of five, and a "re-formed Catholic" who, after receiving the gift of a deep conversion in 2006, and working through the Disciples of Jesus and Mary faith formation program, now considers herself to be "fully Catholic" What this means is that she now, at last, understands and appreciates the beauty of the Catholic faith in such a way that she wants to share it with everyone. "I've heard that the Blessed Mother told a visionary, 'If Catholics really lived their faith, the whole world would be Catholic.' I see the truth in this, and it is my deepest hope to be a living example that draws others to Jesus. Given the nickname Rebel-Becca by her mother, Becky strongly identifies with St. John the Baptist and his call to "make straight the path of the Lord", and with his role as "Friend of the Bridegroom". The poem, "Broken?" written through her hand, is a reflection of the journey of the soul, and Becky explains what the Holy Spirit is teaching her as she writes posts for each stanza.

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  • Beautiful and so crystal clear, Becky.  God bless you always

  • So beautiful and crystal clear Post, Becky. God bless you always

  • LizEst

    Yes, we owe God everything! He has gifted us with Himself and all good things. Even our worship of the Lord is itself a gift. It adds nothing to God but makes us better people and better able to love and praise Him and serve Him and others. It expands our hearts as vessels of His love, to make us more and more capable of holding that gift of Himself in eternity which He wants to give us because of His great love for us and His great mercy. He is total gift.

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