Everything I do or think or say is done in the context of my faith in Jesus Christ. I have known Jesus as Friend and Savior since I was seven. Forty years later I came into the Catholic Church and I’m now getting to know Him in the Blessed Sacrament.
I have freedom in the Lord. I certainly don’t consult with Him about every detail: Shall I wear the green sweater or the blue sweater? Shall I eat lunch now? etc.
But He is in my thoughts all day, and I do what I do in Him, with Him, and through Him.
Practical example: I write.
I’ve written kids’ novels about ice skating. I never intended for these novels to be “religious.” They were supposed to be fun adventure/mysteries about skating. But there’s more to them. God is in my stories. I couldn’t help it. I received a message from a reader a week ago praising the message of forgiveness in the second novel. (It’s a mystery involving the Rosary, if anyone’s interested.)
I just finished writing a screenplay, a psychological thriller about sex offenders. I meant for it to be another “Silence of the Lambs,” which I haven’t seen and never will because it offends my faith. I wanted my screenplay to sell, so I tried to make it terrifying and disturbing. It is those things, but pervading the entire screenplay is a message of faith in God, righteous justice, and redemption. One of the many themes dealt with in the screenplay is “Will sex offenders go to hell?” I NEVER intended for my faith to show up in screenplay, but because I deal with the world through “faith,” it happened anyway. I think it’s a really good screenplay and hope that I can find a buyer. If I do, they’ll probably take out all the faith stuff and turn it into a meat and massacre mess. :mad:
Madeleine L’Engle, a Christian writer who wrote A Wrinkle In Time, says that it is impossible for a Christian artist to produce art without Christ in it.
There are times when I don’t act through my faith in Jesus. Those are the times I sin, because I am not acting in faith in Christ, but in doubt and defiance of Him.
But Thank God, He has provided the way for my faith to be made whole again, through Confession of my sins and forgiveness and penance, all done in faith.