Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bear is on tone

Yes, it's a bad play on his blogging moniker, but hey - everyone needs bad jokes now and then. In responding to a comment in his combox Bear-i-tone hits the mark and really gives us a solid statement on what it means to be a Catholic in this modern world. In part:

Even so, I realize my endeavors will most likely end in failure. Such is the way. So be it. I take comfort in the wisdom of my betters, and here Mother Theresa's words come to me: "I was not called to be successful, but to be faithful." St. John of the Cross wrote: "We must do not that which is easy, but that which is difficult." Being Catholic is always difficult, but even so, I will not change.
I'm going to have to travel up to Canada just to shake the man's hand - this has been my position for years - as good as I think I am or others say I may be there are those who are far better than I in their faith and it is my duty and my honor to take their example. Life is not easy - it was not intended to be so. Our goal is not to live an easy or leisurely life but to follow the example of our Master, for we are told, "[i]f the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you." (Jn 15:18)