[quote=Church Militant]Hi MS!
Congratulations and Glory Be To God!
All I can say is …what did you expect to feel?
Lemme just sort of put this in the context of the word of God for ya, ok?
Romans 8:1 Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
12 Consequently, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”
16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
31 What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
33 Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us.
34 Who will condemn? It is Christ (Jesus) who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
35 What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
36 As it is written: “For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, 9 nor future things, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, 10 nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sorry for skipping around like that my friend, but pull out your Bible and read it in context. It’s all Romas chapter 8.
I offer it becasue I want you to see the spiritual realities that are at work here as opposed to the shifting sands of what we “feel”. Feelings are very deceptive and elusive…Ever had a great day ruined by a single stupid event? Especially one that was really pretty small time compared to the things that made it a great day to begin with? That’s what I mean.
I don’t have to feel good to know that I am all squared away with my God because I hace cooperated with His grace and I know that God is always as good as His word…even when I’m an idiot. :whacky:
What I’m trying to say buddy is that it’s not about how I feel, but about knowing the spiritual reality of what has gone on.
By the way…one reason that the Our Father says “Give us this day our daily bread” is because the word translated as “daily” is untranslatable. It basically means something so good that we need it all the time to sustain our very lives. We can’t live without it. That’s why I want to receive every time I go to Mass. I NEED it!
Consider this also from the martyr’s lives as well as Romans 8. How do ya think they felt as they were taken off to be tortured and killed? (The martyrdom of Polycarp is pretty heavy in this way for instance) They probably felt worse than anything that we can imagine right now…but they also KNEW what was the spiritual reality in their lives.
Like the author of Hebrews would perhaps say to us all today…
Hebrews 12:4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.
Get into the reality MS…that’s what it’s all about my dear brother.
As usual your post is exactly what i want to hear. THANKYOU!!
Im not feeling a need for the Eucharist.
Yes im not perfect and in desperate need of his mercy.
But…um… Even though I abstained from the Eucharist until i had made a confession which i felt was from my heart.
I would have thought that God would have somehow helped me to realise that the era behind me had gone. That i was a new person in Christ.
When i pray, I have a gentle burning feeling that glows in my heart. A little like the nervous feeling we get.
Im a little worried because… The reason I know the Catholic Church is the one true Church is because of my feelings.
Objectively speaking, without them, I have nothing to convince me of the Truth.
btw, when i prayed the rosary at three o clock the other day, it was amazing.
I know not to trust my feelings when they point me in the wrong direction, but… what about when they bring me closer to God.
Um… I’m rambling.