[quote="EasterJoy, post:12, topic:222947"]
*He said to his disciples..."Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, 'Come here immediately and take your place at table'? Would he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished'?
Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded? So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do*.' Luke 17:7-10
Or more to the point:
"An official asked him this question, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone." Luke 18:18-19
It concerns me very much when there is a movement to make a division into Good Catholics and, well, the Other Catholics. I don't mean we ought not recognize those who deserve a reputation for holiness. Let's face it: that is not, generally speaking, what is meant by a "good Catholic." For most of us, it is better to ignore where a particular person comes in the ranking of holiness, at least not until there is a real reason. It is better to imitate the particular ways in which a person reflects Christ or avoid the ways in which they do not, rather than to feel a need to give their spiritual lives a seal of approval.
BUT-- for your own grandparents and parents, this is different. Your mom's cooking is the best cooking in the world and your grandparents can be the best Catholics you ever knew, and that is different, because for you it is totally true. Someone you are mourning, that's a different story as well! There is a day to think of some particular others in terms of eulogy, even when they're not dead. That's OK!
But my mom's cooking is the best in world! :p
And I'm in the "Other Catholic" camp. Do I get a t-shirt? Or just the "Good Catholics" get to judge me? I could wear a Scarlet O to let others know my inferior status! :p
One of my friends says I'm the best Catholic she knows. And I tell her she needs to know more than one Catholic in order to say that. The only way I would win that would be if I was up against Mel Gibson. :)