Intentionality replaces sentimentality in a mature adult faith. When we are young, our religious imaginations tend to be caught up in the heroic stories of saints, our hearts in the fervor of devotion, our minds in the beauty of ecclesiastical logic, and our senses in the rich symbolism of the liturgy. As time goes on, however, our souls grow wary of being caught up in anything at all and long instead to stand on something that lasts. To be intentional is a decision, a firm act of the will that draws us out of our comfort zones into the deep (Lk 5:4) where the one whom our hearts love (Song 3:3) actually dwells. Perhaps this is the essence of Jesus’ entire ministry, that is, taking a risk on his heavenly Father as he encountered the poor and proclaimed the truth over the predictable rubrics and emotional highs of temple worship (Mt 12:6-7). Perhaps we ourselves need to be honest about our affinity for all the fanfare, outward appearances and spiritual consolations. Whatever the case may be, wallowing in sweet religious feelings is not enough. We must cultivate a deep intentionality which at some point will allow us to get up from the tax table (Mt 9:9), extend our hands in trust (Jn 21:18), and follow wherever he leads us (Jn 8:12). Ave Crux, Spes Unica.
August 20, 2022
Published by Brother Phil and Ben
Phillip Smith and Benjamin Rossi established The Voice of Moreau blog on September 15, 2018. View all posts by Brother Phil and Ben
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Outstanding! This is exactly why the Brothers and Sisters of Holy Cross. are so important. As I see it, in all my blindness, they take the faith to a much deeper level. Way beyond sacraments into where our Lord actually resides. We are invited, and they go to Jesus. They don’t just offer and extend, they journey deep into the spiritual life, they walk that ever so fine line between this world and the next. The Brothers give us the best glimpse of the Kingdom we can find. I love you and thank you for helping me on my journey.
Thank you Jeff! Let’s keep moving forward together!
thank you brothers phil and ben! another steady step forward! just came from an 11th step meeting where I am also encouraged by others’ depth of faith and courage to walk on. it is great that you give us food for thought and prayer which get assimilated into my own life journey.
Thank you Sr. Margaret – your fidelity to the spiritual life is a great inspiration to us!