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Transformation in Christ

December 7, 2017 by  
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Transformation in Christ

 

Transformation in Christ


“The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it…Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love.” ­–  Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1999, 2000


When we sacrifice our time, Christ transforms us.

Christ desires to be in our presence; He wants us to give Him our time. Life can be hectic and resolving to spend time with the Lord every day can be a challenge. But when we make time to slow down and reflect in thanksgiving on what God has done for us, we can be transformed by His love. God's compassion for His children has the power to redeem every part of our lives through His overflowing mercy and goodness. We simply need to give of ourselves to Him. Our gift to God of our time and our lives reveals our devotion to Him. His abounding love can shine in and through us just as it does in the lives of the saints. Saint John Paul II says, “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” We experience true freedom when we are obedient to our Creator and spend time with Him in prayer, silence, and reflection.

When we show mercy, Christ transforms us.

The ultimate sacrifice of Christ's mercy, suffering, and death has made the way for the entrance of God’s grace and redemption into the human story. Likewise, Our Lord calls on us, as well, to live lives of mercy. As Catholic Christians, we must choose to show mercy as we choose also, to be holy (hagios), set apart. In the teachings of Christ and His Church, we find two ways of fulfilling our call to love, through corporal works of mercy* and spiritual works of mercy.**

“The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.  Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.” (CCC 2447)***

When we love, Christ transforms us.

Christ asks us to love. He is fully present in the Eucharist and when we receive Jesus we are made new through His overflowing grace. This transformation not only changes our interior and exterior disposition but also contributes to the transformation of the entire body of Christ when we cooperate with His grace. Our love has a ripple effect! “A single act of pure love pleases me more than a thousand imperfect prayers.” – Jesus to Saint Faustina


“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation,” – 2 Corinthians 5:17


 

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Art for this post Transformation in Christ: Christ Detail from Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, Heinrich Hofmann, 1 June 1889, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

*http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/the-corporal-works-of-mercy.cfm
**http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/the-spiritual-works-of-mercy.cfm
***http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a7.htm

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About Kristin Aebli

Kristin Aebli is the Event Coordinator and Marketing Assistant at the Avila Foundation, parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio. Receiving the position was providential and in God’s perfect timing. Although cradle Catholic, in college she reverted and became confirmed in the Church. Kristin graduated with a degree in Communications from Samford University and she still enjoys ministering to college students through the Samford Catholic Student Association. Kristin is happy to be a part of the Firelight college ministry, is involved with Apostoli Viae and also a Young Professionals Bible study. For fun, Kristin enjoys discussing theology with friends, recording her podcast "Catholic After Dark", dancing, singing, cooking, writing and painting. She hopes to continue growing in her faith through the sacraments and involvement with faithful community.

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