I was thinking, at Mass today, of changing our website to the Global Warming website instead of Amazing CatechistsTM. With so much talk and scandal surrounding the issue, I figured our new name would put us on the map very quickly. But more importantly, I think the term “global warming” can be consecrated to our purposes. I believe that Catholics can make revolution over the entire face of the earth if we start a little global warming of our own, here and now.
Here’s how it would work: 1] If every Catholic attended Mass faithfully [along with your children, whether they like it or not], went to confession regularly, and took time for a little daily prayer, we would find ourselves in a state of grace; our souls warmed by the fire of God’s love through the incalculable gift of sacramental life. 2] If, with the help of all that inexpressibly sweet and powerful sacramental grace, each of us attended to his or her prevailing faults [you know what I’m talking about!], we would find ourselves both humbled and refreshed, joyful in our repentance and more attractive to those around us. 3] If, in this state of spiritual and social attractiveness we resolved to open ourselves to every grace and blessing offered to us by God through His Blessed Mother, we would be lifted to new heights of insight, healed and strengthened in new ways, and encouraged by little signs and wonders all around us. Our family lives would be renewed, our apostolates made fruitful. We would be soul-shined, strong, and filled to the brim with trust, hope and the love of Christ. We would be armed to the teeth, battle-ready, fired-up and peaceful – living paradoxes lighting up the world with His warmth, His Word, His power.
And what would be the effect of this global warming trend? The ice of our woundedness would melt and the waters of His Mercy would rise over the earth, sweeping away evil, washing away sin, watering the seeds of faith, slaking the thirst of countless souls, and bringing a new springtime to God’s Kingdom on earth.
Do you doubt it? Look inward. As a Christian, you are called to place your trust in miracles! So how about it my fellow sinners – ye noble and persevering combatants in the Church Militant? Shall we spit in the eye of despair and set this world on fire one small, broken, persnickety Christian soul at a time, and leave the rest to Almighty God?
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…
Humbly yours in Christ through Mary,