Fr. Robert Bengry: Our Imperfections

A photograph belonging to the Rev. Fr. Robert Bengry.
© Fr. Robert Bengry | Bengry collection.

Each of us have a million imperfections that need smoothing out and the authentic Christian life can help the believer do just that. God is kind and forgiving and is always calling your name... always seeking you out in ways that are transformative. 
    A genuine encounter with Christ, especially through His Church, is always transformative. It changes you for the better. Think about it: if you’ve encountered the Christ — through whom all things were made — if you meet Him in some authentic way in your life, how could it not help but change you? How could you stay the same?
    Are you the same person you were before you met Jesus Christ? Would people be attracted to your life and your way of living out the Catholic faith? Do you attract or scare?
    I say, from time to time, that everyone should know two things bout you: even a stranger should know two things about you. The first is that you love God. The second is that you love them. There are two great commandments according to Jesus:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.

Do the people you meet every day know these two things about you? If you claim you’re a Catholic, people should know them in a fairly short order. And if you wonder what that looks like, it’s not rocket science:
    Loving God looks like worshipping Him as He commands, studying His Word, partaking of the sacraments, time spent in adoration and in prayer — these are good proofs you love God. People should know you go to Church and that it’s important. If God is mocked, or His Name used as a swear, do you defend His most Holy Name? Do you wear a symbol of your faith? (A cross, Knights of Columbus pin, a Miraculous Medal?) Do you live according to His commands?
    Loving your neighbour isn’t rocket science either: it looks like interpreting his actions in the kindest light, encouraging the faint-hearted, praying for others, forgiving others, alms giving, offering your helping hand — these are proofs you love your neighbour. 
    What are your imperfections? What do you need to turn away from so that you can turn more fully towards the God that made you? and saves you? What do you need to change about yourself to grow in holiness and to attract people to Christ and His Church? — Fr. Robert Bengry

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