Having spiritual souls means that we have free will. We are not bound to do what is good for us by instinct. This also means that we can refuse to do what is good. God did not make us this way as some sort of test, but because he wanted us to be in his own image and likeness. God is Love and love is always free.
You can never force someone to love you. But that doesn't mean he left us to our own devices. Every instinct in our bodies, like everything in Nature, searches for what is healthy, balanced and happy. And God gave us his grace which is like sunshine to our souls so that our hearts would naturally seek him and grow in spiritual depth and maturity. But the first human beings chose to disobey and reject God's invitation.
By doing that they not only lost God's friendship but they wrecked the harmony between their body and soul. The human nature we all inherit from them was damaged and deprived of inner communion with God's grace. This is why we find it hard to be good and why there are so many evils and sufferings in the world. The good news is that God's eternal plan included a way to right these wrongs without destroying human freedom and even to deepen the glory and beauty of love.
January & February 2017
Recent Blog Posts
- Blog: 12.01.17
- Blog: 13.12.16
- Blog: 09.10.16On his blog and in a recent Catholic Herald piece (9.9.16) Bishop Robert Barron offers some excellent reflections upon a recent Pew survey looking at reasons why young people are leaving Christianity in droves. He well shows how Roman Catholic leaders and teachers are dangerously underestimating ...Read More
- Blog: 23.08.16
- Blog: 08.08.16On 23 June 2016 a referendum was held in which a narrow majority of voters in the United Kingdom (nearly 52%) voted in favour of leaving the European Union, the so-called “Brexit”. This contrasts with the large majority (67%) who had voted to join the then European Community in 1975. ...Read More
- Blog: 17.07.16Thirty odd years after this overview of twentieth century Catholic intellectual culture, the points of James Hitchcock seem even more relevant. Below are some extracts but the, significantly longer, full article repays study. [Post-mortem on a rebirth. The Catholic Intellectual Renaissance, from ...Read More