For over 10 years, Don and I have laughed our way closer to Jesus.
We can start off by reading scripture, and before we know it, we are poking fun at each other about how unworthy we are to have Jesus love us. Then we begin to laugh. I want to believe Jesus is laughing as well, not with us, but
at the two goofballs calling themselves good Catholic boys.
Leading Each Other to Christ
Don leads me closer to Christ. I have had people who I thought were my friends in the past who did not practice their faith. As I moved closer to Christ, those people pushed back from our friendship. Maybe I made them feel uncomfortable, or guilty. While I did not push my new found spirituality on them, I began to change. I did not want to spend as much time with these old friends since I found friends like Don.
We could talk about our life and our journey with Christ. Where we turned away from Christ, and how we knew we had to find our way back to His path. Of course within this mix were our careers, our problems with our careers, and our families. Real life.
Laugh at This Life
My wife Patrice knows that when I tell her Don and I are having lunch or a beer after work, that I’m in good company and that I’ll come through the door with a big fat smile on my mug because Don makes me laugh at myself and at life.
Don is the call I will always take when my “do not disturb” feature is on. Don is the one who will volunteer to drive hours with me to an appointment just so we can spend time together.
Find Your Friend In Christ
My advice to anyone who cares to hear it, go find a Don of your own, someone who will lead you to heaven, and help keep you away from the other place.
Anecdotes are those small little stories that everybody tells. Life is interesting because of the stories told, especially those that are based in truth. Of course, a little exaggeration can always help it along.
Some people are just really good at remembering and reflecting on how certain situations were in the past. When these people tell their personal stories or stories about others, they are told in such a way, that all you want to do at that exact moment, is listen to hear what happened.
There are many actors in our lives who haven’t hit the big screen, yet they enrich our lives with their ability to entertain us with their wise vision of the world.
Truth is something that I love, I have searched for all my life. It’s easy to find but in our culture, you have to work at finding it. But, the grace, peace and joy it brings is, or has been, worth the long search. I came across this Catholic Answers article. Give it a read, it’s a short article that puts simply an answer to the question, “What if Catholicism is True“. Finding this article the morning after watching a movie called, “Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism” brings together a few thoughts about America’s State religion.
I find it satisfying that the “conclusion” in the research paper (“Self-Transcendent Emotions and Their Social Functions: Compassion, Gratitude, and Awe Bind Us to Others Through Prosociality”) points to what religion has taught for thousands of years. When will the world wake up, when will science catch up to religion?
For the last 150 years or so, we have defined ourselves as somehow “enlightened” but how can we be enlightened and write deep research articles like this one and leave out the soul?
The article, “Self-Transcendent Emotions and Their Social Functions: Compassion, Gratitude, and Awe Bind Us to Others Through Prosociality” has about one hundred citations for research on humanity. But, it is all about emotion. Never mentioning the soul.
The soul is our connection to humanity, to God, to Godly behavior. Our souls guide us to selfless service toward others. Our soul is superior to intellect (mind) or emotion (heart). Continue reading “What’s Old Is New”