After my conversion I was given a book on Catholic miracles and I was blown away! I thought miracles were when over-pious religious freaks saw things like Mary’s afternoon selfie in their grilled cheese, which always left me wondering if they still ate it? Sinners.
Let’s get to the heart of the matter, who’s right? Why does it matter?
C.S. Lewis said that if there is no heaven or hell, than nothing matters, but if there is a heaven and hell, everything matters. What C.S. Lewis is hinting at is that if heaven and hell don’t exist, then nothing means anything – go to the strip club, do whatever the hell you want; then when all the pleasure loses its luster, die quickly. However, if there is a heaven and a hell; if one has a chance to be in a new heavens and a new earth, where one has a Father with an endless imagination and also endless Love – this is the only thing that matters.
There was a guy up at the front of our main campus building with a sign, “Church is a joke, have a personal relationship with Jesus.” So I went up to talk to him, but when I got there I sat back and watched some of the interactions others were having with him. Most of the people that were approaching him were Protestant. They would scream at him and say the sign was offensive and that he was reading the Bible wrong. But was he?
“If she's amazing, she won't be easy. If she's easy, she won't be amazing. If she's worth it, you won't give up. If you give up, you're not worthy.
-Bob Marley - Converted on his death bed from Rastafarianism to theEthiopian Orthodox Church (Christian and close to Roman Catholic).
Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed - but hate these things in yourself, not in another.
― Thomas Merton