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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Daily Bible Reflections

September 12, 2011
Behind Closed Catholic Doors

For this I was appointed preacher and apostle... teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. – 1 Timothy 2:7

This verse reminds me of Bo Sanchez and Arun Gogna, men anointed by God when they were just teens to spread His Word.
It also reminds me of some of my Feast invitees. Some are “Sunday Catholics.” One hears Mass from the street corner across the church. Another only attends baptisms, weddings and funerals. Others are lonely or always angry people. I invited them hoping they’d develop a more personal relationship with the Lord. Their answers were: “I don’t listen to teachings of people younger than me.”
“I’m Catolico sarado.”
“My faith only involves me, the priest and God.”
“What you are doing is not r-e-a-l-l-y forbidden by the Church but it’s not for me.” (The condescending “really” had undertones of “This isn’t what normal Catholics do.”)
These reactions sadden me. I’ve listened to countless talks by Bo, Arun and other preachers. They richly blessed my life. If only these people would actively seek God’s Word — open their ears and hearts to His appointees — their faith will deepen and their lives will heal. Lella Santiago (mirellasantiago@yahoo.com)
Are you growing in your faith? Have you made an effort to know God more?

Harden not my heart to your Word, Lord Jesus!

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