Friday, March 27, 2015

The aim of every Christian



The aim of every Christian is to love God with all their heart, mind, body and soul and the neighbor also.

The objective of this work is to disseminate the information from the Fr Norris ‘work’, which are his reflections on the St Ignatius Spiritual Exercises. A spiritual journey is something that is often unseen and the smallest ripples in the pond can create a spiritual change in your life and those of your family. The diary of Fr Norris is developing into a Charism, it is more than a book and   it is up to the Church Hierarchy to discern if it is of any use.
    
The grace that Jesus Christ gives us in return for loving him is unquestionable great, often unseen yet powerful and our lives are to learn to hear His voice the Holy Spirit and live like he teaches, “to love one another as I have loved you.”

The work is written for anyone, of any denomination but especially aimed at those who are willing to develop their Catholic faith.  [1]Never say that your lives are irrelevant and useless. «Who is weak», says Saint Paul, «and I am not weak?» (Cor. 11: 29). If you have this sensitivity to the physical, moral and social deficiencies of mankind, you will also find in yourselves another sensitivity, that to the potential good which is always to be found in every human being; for a priest, every life is worthy of love. This twofold sensitivity, to evil and to good in man, is the beating of Christ’s heart in that of the faithful priest. It is not without something of the miraculous, a miracle that is psychological, moral and, if you like, mystical, while at the same time being very much a social one. It is a miracle of charity in the heart of a priest.

[2]The grace to learn the true listening, able to put aside their personal priorities being available to the priority of God's grace to be brought up to make his life an act of obedience in faith to God's will is, in other words, to be open to the beneficent power of Truth, which is not subject to what is transitory, emotional, questionable.
[3]The liturgy of the Church, however, guarantees the Word of God by arbitrary reductions, by misinterpretation, handing it in its entirety and truth, so that the whole mystery of Christ there content can be heard and become the beginning of a new way of thinking and live. Only in this way the Christian soul gradually acquires the thought of Christ, relives his feelings, becomes able to look upon himself and the world that is just for the faith of the Church. It 'just that look of a common faith that the liturgy is able to keep with care.
So, the revealed truth of God both requires and stimulates the believer’s reason. On the one hand, the truth of the Word of God must be considered and probed by the believer – thus begins the intellectus fidei, the form taken here below by the believer’s desire to see God.[114] Its aim is not at all to replace faith,[115] rather it unfolds naturally from the believer’s act of faith, and it can indeed assist those whose faith may be wavering in the face of hostility.[116] The fruit of the believer’s rational reflection is an understanding of the truths of faith. By the use of reason, the believer grasps the profound connections between the different stages in the history of salvation and also between the various mysteries of faith which illuminate one another. On the other hand, faith stimulates reason itself and stretches its limits. Reason is stirred to explore paths which of itself it would not even have suspected it could take. This encounter with the Word of God leaves reason enriched, because it discovers new and unsuspected horizons.[117] Fides et Ratio 73.


[1] APOSTOLIC PILGRIMAGE OF HIS HOLINESS OF PAUL VI TO WEST ASIA, OCEANIA AND AUSTRALIA.PRIESTLY ORDINATION.HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER PAUL VI
«Luneta Park», Manila.Saturday, 28 November 1970

[2] THE LITURGY, ITINERARY OF THE SOUL TO GOD.XLIII International Congress
of the "Sanctus Benedictus Patronus Europae"
Rome, 25 November 2011
[3] Ibid