The 1-2 Punch
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s kind of funny how we humans tend to run from one of the most important questions in life: Why do I exist? Instead of ever truly diving into this mystery, we tend to cram our lives with gadgets, noise, and busyness. We’re usually okay with a surface-level dose of God and spirituality, but for the most part it seems like we avoid this question until we either hit rock bottom (mid-life crisis, loneliness, depression, etc.) or near the end of our rope (faced with cancer, on our death bed, and so on). But why wait? Why not go face-to-face with this question ahead of time? Or, better yet, right now?
One reason I think we avoid the “big questions” in life is because we’re scared of the answers we know we’re probably going to get. But we shouldn’t be scared of them, because the truth was never meant to enslave us, but set us free! (John 8:32)
The “old school” catechism of the Catholic Church (the Baltimore Catechism) is famous for it’s clear and concise question and answer format. When the question “Why did God make you?” comes up this is the answer given: “God made me to know Him, love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next”. Indeed, you and I are were meant to be happy and holy both in this life and in the life to come.
The saints, of course, have been recognized as both the happiest and holiest people to ever exist, and their words and lives offer us great wisdom on how to go about becoming who God created us to be. In my own personal studying of the saints I have discovered two things that they consistently utilized as spiritual nourishment and weapons against sin along their journey to holiness: MASS and CONFESSION.
The sacraments of Holy Communion and Confession have helped produce men and women of holiness for almost 2,000 years, and the great news is that God’s grace is still poured out through these powerful sacraments today. The recipe for sainthood is right there – so what are we waiting for?