Today is Holy Tuesday.
“The Catholic church makes her people in a constant state of guilt. That’s not healthy!”
[“God created us without us. But he did not will to save us without us” (St. Augustine) To receive His mercy, we must admit our faults. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (John 8-9)
Blessed John Paul II said, “Conversion requires convincing of sin; it includes the interior judgement of conscience, and this, being a proof of the action of the Spirit of truth in man’s inmost being, becomes at the same time the start of a new grant of grace and love:
“Receive the Holy Spirit.” Thus in this “convincing concerning sin” we discover a DOUBLE gift: the gift of the truth of conscience and the gift of the certainty of redemption. The Spirit of truth is the Consoler.”]
(CCC, 1847 & 48)
In simpler words, the Catholic Church encourages us to form our conscience: constantly checking and rechecking how we act and to ponder if it is in the Christian spirit of love that we are called to seek! We are merely human, after all.
If we feel guilty, it is because we are not fulfilling our Christian calling to conversion, grace and redemption; which will ultimately lift the guilt and anxiety associated with sin!
We should listen to and form our conscience, not shrug it off and blame an authority figure/s for making us “feel bad”.
Today’s Bible readings are: Is 49:1-6, Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 And 17, & Jn 13:21-33, 36-38.
Yesterday was Holy Monday, and I never got to post, though I did on FB. Here’s what I wrote:
”Did you know that the Catholic Church holds Mass/service EVERY DAY of the year (except Good Friday)? Did you know that in the span of 3 years, the Catholic church reads the ENTIRE Bible to her congregation?
Today is Holy Monday! This is part of today’s Gospel reading:
“Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.”John 12:1-3
(the entire Gospel reading is 1-11)