“Get Down On Your Knees!”: a meditation

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A short while meditating on these few words of wisdom below from a saintly priest, Fulton Sheen, who understood well the immensity of God’s love for fallen man, might open the eyes of cynics and those of weak faith to see the light. Perhaps, at times of difficulties, wavering faith or the temptation to be our own ‘god’, we could all humbly echo the words of the centurion to Jesus: “Lord, I believe; help thou my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

“If you want to know about God, there is only one way to do it. Get down on your knees! You can make His acquaintance by investigation, but you can win His love only by loving. Most people who deny God do not do so because their reason tells them there is no God, for how could reason witness against reason? Their denial is rather because of wishful thinking. They feel they would be happier if there were no God for then they could do as they please. Think a little less about whether you deserve to be loved by Him. He loves you even though you are not deserving; it is His love alone that will make you deserving. Most of us are unhappy because we never give God a chance to love us – we are in love only with ourselves.” ((From ‘Preface to Religion’ – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)

 

 

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13 Responses to “Get Down On Your Knees!”: a meditation

  1. Michael says:

    Another splendid, and timely, post – thank you!

  2. Michael says:

    Also, this reminds me of a line from Saint Robert Southwell (about whom I’ve just been reading), in his Marie Magdalen’s Funeral Teares:

    “Passions I allow, and loves I approve, onely I would wishe that men would alter their object and better their intent.”

  3. kathleen says:

    Thank you, Michael.🙂

    Ah, Saint Robert Southwell – a great saint and a heroic martyr for the True Faith! That is a clever and very appropriate quote of his that you give to supplement the words of Ven. Fulton Sheen.

  4. Michael says:

    A great saint and martyr indeed! Whatever happened to the Jesuits eh?!🙂

  5. toadspittle says:

    “If you want to know about God, there is only one way to do it. Get down on your knees! You can make His acquaintance by investigation, but you can win His love only by loving.
    Do we seriously believe Muslims, Methodists and Hindus, for example don’t do this? Or course they do. What else can they be doing?
    …So where does that leave us?

  6. Brother Burrito says:

    Hey Toad, are you just here to be a pain in the ass?

    (I ask this as an ass).

  7. toadspittle says:

    No, Burro,
    But just why I do trudge wearily and futilely on here – is a bit of a mystery, even to me. Revenge on my upbringing doesn’t really go far enough to explain it. Although it helps.
    And every day now I tell myself, ” Toad, this “dialogue” is utterly pointless and silly. Stop now.” But then I don’t. Maybe my friends on CP&S are not praying hard enough.

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  9. toadspittle says:

    Dear Brother Burrissimo, I should add that I’m well aware – for CP&S – talking to me must be like talking to a creature from the Planet Zog. I feel the same in reverse. The notions of “common sense,” and “reason,” on here seem to bear no relation to my concept of them.
    And you think just the same of mine. Of course, my concepts might well be wrong. Yours cannot possibly be allowed to be. (horrible sentence.)
    Meanwhile, the little green man on planet Zog might be saying, “The universe made by God solely for one sordid, puny, species of Earthling? What utter rubbish! We all know God created the universe for the benefit of Zoggians, and Zoggians alone!”

  10. Robert says:

    The Catholic prayer and penance presupposes the sacraments which means souls in a state of Grace. Man has always prayed BUT the problem is without Christ Man is left in Original Sin and Heaven is closed to them.
    “..Muslims, Methodists and Hindus..”
    Methodists will be baptised believe in the Trinity (its a branch of Anglican Church – dealt with by Leo XIII encyclical)
    Hinduism doesn’t have any sacraments and is a variant of the old Egyptian.,Greek, Roman Gods hierachys. These demonic Gods without virtues are Dealt with by St Augustine. They do not believe in the Trinity.
    Mulisms are considered a Heresy combination of Old and New Testaments. They have no sacraments and do not believe in the Trinity.

    I thank Toad but simply point out that without the sacraments Man is left in Original Sin. To understand what this means we simply look at the Passion and Holy Week this is the Price paid to make poor Sinful Man acceptable to God. No Christ No Grace and we remain under the yoke of Adam’s Sin.

    With Grace Our prayers and penances are combined with Christs and become acceptable to God.

  11. kathleen says:

    Toad: “Do we seriously believe Muslims, Methodists and Hindus, for example don’t do this?

    A very good response from Robert (@ 8:18) to more-of-the-same from Toad!

    Muslims? = Deniers of the Divinity of Christ, and believers in a cunning, lascivious warmonger who, with no evidence whatsoever, dared to call himself ‘a prophet’!
    Methodists? = Much nearer to the Truth, for they too are followers of Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the Father. But who, of their own free will, have left the Rock on which Christ built His One True Church to go it alone, thus allowing for errors to seep in.
    Hindus? = An ancient pagan faith believing in reincarnation and multiple gods (including monkey and elephant types!) No-one can become a Hindu either; you have to be born into one of their caste systems. Totally unconvincing.

    Toad spins faster and faster on his merry-go-round to avoid facing the mountain of evidence at his fingertips pointing to the Truth.
    Still not feeling a bit ‘giddy’, Toad, from this ridiculous rubbish you churn out daily?

  12. toadspittle says:

    Kathleen and Robrot, I selected Muslims, Hindu and Methodists more or less at random. Yes, I think they all believe a lot of unverifiable hearsay and ridiculous rubbish. As do Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Muggletonians, Christian Scientists, Bahi-ites, Satanists, Sun-worshippers, and Ancient Irish Druids, any or all of whom I might equally well have selected.
    I will say no more on that. Nevertheless, these gullible fools all almost certainly believe their nonsense just as strongly as any Catholic does her (or his) own faith.

    “Toad spins faster and faster on his merry-go-round to avoid facing the mountain of evidence at his fingertips pointing to the Truth. Still not feeling a bit ‘giddy’, Toad, from this ridiculous rubbish you churn out daily?”
    I suspect that a vastly greater number of people on Earth would agree with me, on the subject of religious credibility, rather than with you – Kathleen. But that’s merely a guess on my part – and which, I fully agree, is by no means a guarantee that I’m right and you are not.
    …In fact, it’s long been my belief that anything popular is almost certainly no good. Which attitude, I suppose. might tend to point me toward contemporary Catholicism.
    Alas, even that consideration does not.

  13. Robert says:

    Toad
    I keep pointing out that the Belief if the Creator is common to ALL men. Even Dawkins acknowledges this (God gene). What the Old and New Testament does is reveal the True God.
    “.. I think they all believe a lot of unverifiable hearsay and ridiculous rubbish.” On the contrary Man knows there is a Creator.
    Now when Adam was Created by God , By the way how old was the Created Adam in years Toad? The soul has no age since it is created in Eternity. Adam knew and conversed with God, Adam had infused knowledge appropriate to the Creature Man.
    Fortunately we have a rich and verifiable history of saints, miracles, sacraments, traditions, proven prophecy’s. St Pio died 1968 and there are living saints so we do not have to deal with “..unverified hearsay..” but we do suffer from ridiculous rubbish.
    The Church is the mystical Body of Christ and on Our knees and in pray we join with Christs prayers!
    Now the present age suffers from materialism and frankly sophistry. However a good grounding and taste for pray, fasting the sacraments will rapidly open your spiritual eyes and give you a thirst for the science of the saints.

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