A common desire for God

“The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church (27)

In the wake of several interviews with Pope Francis which have wreaked media havoc over the recent months, I encountered several posts which initially startled me.

Thank you Pope Francis Pro-Choice Women Everywhere

Thank You Pope Francis, LGBT People Everwhere

I found many fallen-away Catholics, protestants and pagans alike, celebrating the Pope’s comments on gay marriage and abortion. And along with many faithful Catholics, I was frustrated; frustrated with Pope Francis for causing such scandal, frustrated with the liberal media for telling an incomplete story, frustrated not knowing exactly what to say in response to all the confusion.

And while my disappointment hasn’t subsided, I’ve found some reassurance in reflection.

I wondered, “Why does anybody care what the Pope says anyway?” Most secular references to the pontiff, whoever he has been in recent decades, have labeled him just another old man, disconnected from the modern world, not doing much to upset the apple cart of our atheistic culture. So why do they care?

Perhaps it’s simply because they believe he is finally saying something that affirms their agenda. Perhaps they have mistakenly sensed a conversion of their opposition and find victory in a battle won. Although they don’t obey it, perhaps they recognize his authority over a flock of millions and have a new-found hope in a leader who will reverse the bigotry and misogyny that’s been fostered among the faithful for too long, finally to be corrected.

But! If we consider the power of Christ, perhaps it is because they seek to know God. Perhaps they have even a very slight understanding that Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ. Perhaps it is because their hearts are drawn toward the Truth, a Truth contained, in its fullness, in the Holy Catholic Church. Perhaps Christ has drawn their face, their eyes, their ears toward Him… and beckoned His children return to him. Perhaps the flame inside them which lights the path to God… is flickering.

So we must remain hopeful. Yes, we must correct the misunderstandings, we must boldly proclaim the doctrines of our faith, we must not cease to recognize the war we are in, but we must also trust in the Lord, that He has created every one of us – pro-choice and pro-life, pro-gay and pro-traditional marriage, Catholic and non-Catholic alike – to seek Him, to find Him and to know Him.

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3 thoughts on “A common desire for God

  1. I love Pope Francis. From the day I heard Pope Benedict resigned, I was ready to love the next pope, not knowing who the Holy Spirit would lead the Cardinals to elect, but trusting that he would be just who the Church needed. And he is. People are paying attention to the Church now and realizing that the Church isn’t irrelevant.

    I think that Pope Francis wants Catholics to remember that we draw people in by telling them Jesus loves them and then teaching how to love Jesus. Jesus loves, unconditionally. We just need to learto love him.

  2. I thought this might be an article in which you might be interested given this blog post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/conservative-catholics-question-pope-franciss-approach/2013/10/12/21d7f484-2cf4-11e3-8ade-a1f23cda135e_story.html

    It will be interesting to see if Pope Francis causes a divide in the church between more doctrinally pure congregations in the US and Europe and more pragmatic congregations in the developing world. The differences between these two groups couldn’t be more stark. The US and Europe have the time and money to debate doctrine and message whereas the congregations in the developing world are much more interested in the basics that Pope Francis seemed to be focused upon. It should be an interesting time ahead! 🙂

  3. hello, Katy, we’ve noticed you haven’t posted anything in quite a while…we hope you’re okay, and we’re praying for you

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