Friday, July 08, 2005
What happens when God gives a young Catholic boy complete confidence in His word? What happens when that confidence rejects theologians' interpretations, traditional teachings or encyclical declarations? What happens when that kid becomes a man who tries to live for the catechistic God about whom he learned as a young Catholic? What happens is a huge, life-long growth opportunity, punctuated by periods of doubt, failure to fulfill his own religious expectations and panicky quests for spiritual experiences. What happens is God's loving hand reaching out to him in a dream wherein he experiences just a glimmer of God's love, but enough to finally apply that supernatural love to himself, personally. What happens is a life turned from low self-esteem to high God-esteem.