I need help in understanding something. I am always surrounded by people who want or need to be positive in the our journey towards God. I have read many books on Saints and I have especially poundered on St John of the Cross for over 20 years. And yet, when I read his writings there is a balance between what people perceive as positive stuff and what they perceive as negative stuff.
In other words, God loves us all (true) and Jesus died for each and eveyrone of us (true). He loves us with warts and all (true).
But with these people who I have journeyed with for over 20 years in a prayer group cannot or will not mention sin (if they do, it is only to say that God loves us as sinners, which is true also.) Even mentioning the fact that if we ask Jesus what our sin is (through the exercises of St Ignatius) that most offends Him and He would show us, they look blank-faced. They would rather look at the pot and not the crack.
If I mention that if we truly live our faith and we do not get persecuted for it in some way…whether in teasing or serious name-calling…then something is amiss. All of our Saints suffered in one way or another for their love and devotion to Jesus and what they believed in.
Now, I am talking about people who are NOT neophytes. It seems they enjoy the ‘feeling good’ stuff and my interjecting every so often with what is perceived negativity, is most discouraging.
I have a pastor who calls sin exactly what it is…sin. We have lost so many parishioners because of it. But, I support him and I believe this is what is needed within our churches. People do not know what our faith is all about.
I could go on and on…but…is there a term for ALWAYS wanting to be positive in our journey towards Christ while being a true Catholic? At first, I thought it might be positivism. But I do not think that is the term.
I do not feel that I am negative…but I feel that way when I approach them with a different perspective that is also loving but not perceived ‘positive’.
Please help me…