So, remember a few weeks ago when I posted the 7 Steps to Being Young & Catholic?
Yeah, well just so you know, I’ve been doing terribly at them. I could list my excuses here for you as to why I have not “been able” to make it to daily mass at least once a week apart from Sunday, or why I haven’t spent the time in silent prayer or the time in the chapel that I know I should, but they would just look pathetic. As far as spiritual reading: if I wasn’t a student of Biblical Theology, then that would probably look pretty meager, too.
It’s not that I’m getting down on myself for just slacking off on some checklist, but at the same time, I’m totally getting down on myself for slacking off on some checklist.
Let me explain: No one is eager to wake up on January 1st to kick-off a six-month diet and workout regimen. They may like the idea of it in their head; they may be eager for the results and know deep down that they’re craving discipline in their life, but by the middle of day two, all that person really wants is a brownie.
We’re human. As good as our intentions may be, a plan helps keep us on track.
Similarly, I may like the idea of getting up every morning at 6:30 to go mass, and of spending my free time reading my Bible. I may know deep down that is what will bring me truer joy than watching my Facebook newsfeed update, but a lot of times that doesn’t make it much easier to get into the spiritual shape I feel God is calling me to.
I know that faith isn’t supposed to just be some divine checklist—that it all comes down to falling in love with God, and that I just need to rely on Him and He will give me the grace of faith. But sometimes I’m not super awesome at doing even that.
So it turns out I’m not the perfect poster-child for the Young & Catholic lifestyle. Oh well. Good thing I believe in a God who meets me where I am, and never tires of reminding me where I need to be.
Lent is coming up soon! Let’s all get spiritually buff.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Well, I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air; 27 but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:25-27