“Eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” [Isa 55:2]
Sometime ago, I came across an article about men and women who were leaving the Catholic Church in order to join Protestant evangelical churches. As I read the various testimonies of these ex-Catholics, I noticed that many of them stated the same reason for leaving the Catholic Church: They were not being spiritually fed.
As I read these words, I asked myself, “How can a man starve at a banquet table?” To say that there is no fare before them in the Catholic Church to sustain them is incomprehensible to me. Ours are the Holy Eucharist and the Sacraments with which to receive grace and strength from our Lord! Ours are the Sacred Scriptures, the Catechism, and the Sacred Traditions! Ours are the Lives of the Saints, the desert fathers and mothers, and their writings! Ours are the papal encyclicals and teachings of the holy Church Fathers! And if all of this were not enough, we have thousands of classic Catholic books that have been published for centuries, not to mention those that are being published every year! And yet, these individuals are starving and are forced to dine at the table of heretics because their Holy Mother Church refuses to feed them!
My brothers and sisters, Catholic teaching and formation become effective only in proportion as we give ourselves with enthusiasm and energy to the means available to us for spiritual growth, development, and enrichment. If Catholics are starving, it is because they simply refuse to consume the rich fare that has been before all men for thousands of years at the table of our Holy Mother Church. We are as filled with God as we want to be.
Christ has made available to us all that we need, not only to nourish our own souls, but also to feed the entire world! It is up to us to put forth the effort it takes to consume such rich fare by devoting ourselves to daily spiritual reading. Those who refuse to do so have no one but themselves to blame when it comes to feeling spiritually parched and unfed. When I was a helpless infant, it was necessary for my mother to spoon feed me in order to survive. But as I grew older, I learned how to pick up a fork, knife, or spoon so that I could feed myself. We apply this principle to earthly matters, but not when it comes to the most important matter of all: that of our eternal soul!
Could it be that we have among us many who are waiting to be spoon fed by those in church leadership instead of learning how to feed themselves? It is time for us to grow up in God, brothers and sisters, and to start doing what is necessary in our daily lives so that our soul will be nourished and our spiritual growth will no longer be hindered.
To give to our Father in heaven anything less than this is to willingly choose to starve.
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