I think C.S. Lewis had a better understanding of the Catholic view (though he wasn’t Catholic):
"Doubtless, by definition, God was Reason itself. But would He also be “reasonable” in that other, more comfortable sense? Not the slightest assurance on that score was offered me. Total surrender, the absolute leap in the dark, were demanded. The reality with which no treaty can be made was upon me. The demand was not even “All or nothing.” I think that stage had been passed, on the bus top when I unbuckled my armor and the snowman started to melt. Now, the demand was simply “All.”
– from his wonderful autobiography, “Surprised by Joy”
That is what Catholicism teaches that Christ asks of us in return – All. A complete and total self-giving to God. And of course we all fail, and we are forgiven, but the request “All” is forever in our ears. Total surrender. The very life of the Trinity.
I sometimes wonder if this belief in justification through faith alone somehow facilitates a more personalized and “buddy” view of Christ and his part in their life? I somehow think more evangelical Christians would feel more comfortable calling Jesus their best friend, whereas a Catholic would not. Any thoughts?
I would be more inclined to call Him Savior, Redeemer, Bridegroom, Father, Brother, Love. I think “best friend” really trivializes what He has done for us, what He has made us to be, and what He freely offers to us.
I guess I’m just curious as to whether you think a catholic’s relationship with Christ is different than a protestant’s and why you might think this to be. Thanks in advance.
I think it can be richer, because the teachings, the liturgy, the prayer life, the culture of Christ’s Church can make it richer.