Having faith and believing in God does not mean all our requests, desires, and material needs will be met. We are born into this world without sanctifying grace. Catholic’s refer to this as the state of original sin, thus the monumental importance of Baptism. Man’s sinful nature can lead to eternal failure, however, God’s desire for us is to be with him in heaven.
We cannot know God, as He knows us, for seeing God face to face is to be in Heaven, the Beatific vision, or seeing causing total bliss. “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what images God has prepared for those who love him.” I Corinthians 2:9. Man thinks in finite concepts called ideas. God infinitely knows and sees all. Our intellect and will cannot give us sanctifying grace to be with Him in Heaven.
God breathed into man His own image and likeness, a spiritual soul. The root word “spirit” is “Breath.” Our spirit, or soul, is not in space, is totally outside of matter, yet it animates the body. God’s presence brings us into and keeps us in existence without choice. God indwells us by our invitation to be our teacher and if we withdraw it, it leaves only God’s presence. Like the law of gravity, God created the law of purity and justice and going against God’s law is choosing sin. God is our purpose in everything we do, say, and experience is part of His plan. This acceptance is how we intelligently manage our lives and influence others. Sin clouds the intellect and prevents our condition to be God’s exercise.
God inserts our existing soul with the power allowing our intellect to know truth and love in a new and invigorating way. Inviting God in every second, minute, hour, and day offers up our entire life as a prayer, and the Blessed Trinity indwells our soul, acting upon it, invigorating it with love, grace, light, and love. We cannot increase faith, have more hope, nor expect more charity (love) with God. Faith, hope, and charity affects how we feel, but God’s supernatural injection of sanctifying grace into us makes us “sense” these feelings, we do not create them. I Cor. 13:13 “But now faith, hope, and love, abide in these three, with the greatest of these is love.”
Our call is to be conditioned by God’s Will. God’s exercise becomes our exercise. Our “condition” is giving over to God our will. Prosperity neither lifts us up, nor will adversity cast us down. All our prayers end in God, His will fully done in us. A just man is always at peace with whatever befalls him, and cannot be sad, because everything, save sin, happens through the will of God. Unifying our will to God, means we accept whatever is given us, the good and the bad with contentment, just as Job did. This world is not our home, but a testing ground with the end being Heaven.
Dying to ourselves through faith in God, all painful experiences pushes us toward God. Pope John Paul II said, “Be not afraid.” Our loving Father will be delicate in detaching us from all that enslaves us and prevents us from a path to Him and will not give us more than we can handle. We love God not for what we receive, but by making God the end and object of our faith, continually thanking and praising Him. “Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect”. (Matthew 5:48) This was not a request but a command, and God provides the grace and means.
When making the sign of the cross, touching the forehead represents the intellect (know Him), the heart represents love (love Him), shoulder to shoulder represents arms stretched outward (serve him).
About Annette Krulisky
Annette Krulisky, earned a Master of Arts in Adult/K-12 Education in Curriculum Design, worked in the computer field as an engineer and technical trainer for 25 years, is married for over 30 years, and has seven adopted special needs children. Now retired, still cares for six children ages teenage to adult. Earned a black belt in a Korean form of martial arts, Kuk Sool Won, having practiced this art for over ten years. Grew up in Michigan as Fundamental Baptist protestant. Aunt Mary planted the seed of the Catholic Church at an early age. She began the final journey home to the Catholic Church in 2012, and love the depth and fullness of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church Jesus founded. Besides loving family, martial arts, and praying, also love reading, learning, experiencing, and writing about anything Catholic.