Holiness, For Christ’s Sake!

The following discussion I had with a few friends, all Terribly Bad Catholics, completely changed my life…for a week. Then I forgot it, moved on, started a blog and BAM! Here it is again. Now, if you feel entirely comfortable and versed in the concept of God being outside of time, you may skip the next three paragraphs, as they are about as gripping as an agnostic’s love poetry.

Thou art fair, mayhaps, actually…
I cannot knoweth, quite, so let’s not get married,
until I’ve proof that you’ll be quite alright
for the rest of your life.

Well then. Time is relative to events and physical things. If you were to fire a gun, there would be a before-you-fired, an after-you-fired, an exact-moment-you fired, and so on. Our measurement of years is the most obvious example of this relativism: before-Christ-was-born, after-Christ-was-born. Months and hours and minutes and seconds; all relative to the sun, the seasons, and the motions of atoms.  Time is relative.

What, then, if there was nothing? Nothing at all, no events, no things; absolute Nothing? Then there would be no time. And to the best of our scientific knowledege, we know there was indeed a point where nothing existed. An ultimate before all before’s.

But all things have a cause, and a point of causation. Things don’t just always exist. Thus before there was time, there was a creator. This creator, God, is outside of time. He is eternal. The best explanation of this is not found in any physics book, but in the oldest grammatical paradox known to man: I Am That I Am – The name of God. God simply IS, because he is outside of time. There is nothing after God, nothing before God; God is the thing itself.

That was heavy. Feel free to take a break.

Hopefully you didn’t ditch me for the Avett Brothers, but I’d understand. Now, this timeless God became a temporal human being, Jesus Christ, thus bringing eternity into time, in a mind-blowing plot-twist no sci-fi will be able to replicate. What does this mean for us? Actually many things, but I will focus on just one right now. It means that God is suffering on the cross, currently, presently, and as we speak. Not metaphorically; actually. He is fully God, outside of time, and when the soliders nailed Jesus down to the cross, they nailed God, a being who constantly IS, and thus IS constantly suffering for us, until the end of time. Did you know that?

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God’s human suffering, the nails, the scourges, the cross; all this is outdone by his suffering as God; the weight of all the sins of all time, of everyone who ever lived. He became sin, became repulsive to the Father for our sake. If he is outside of time, if he is suffering right now, then, and this is really the crux, our sins directly increase His suffering that day on Calvary, his constant suffering. And our virtue can comfort him. This, this, this I believe is the esctacy of the saints, the blood of the martyrs; that we can comfort our God. That we, by prayer, fasting and virtue can cradle the head of the Lamb. That we, through holiness, can lessen the pain of Our Savior, Our Father, Our Spouse. This concept is radical, yet not new. How many times have you heard, perhaps as a child, “that hurts God”, or “that makes Him sad?” Our faith, the Christian drama, is happening right now, as you read this.

Sin is not an abstract check mark against you, waiting to be counted on the Day of Judgement. It is a real wound on the Body of Christ, and that, that will be counted. I often, in the depths of my sin, forget that I have a pair of balls and whine about “how bad this sin makes me feel.” I feel guilty, depressed, miserable, hopeless…

Imagine how God feels.

A life lead with that frame of mind would be a holy life indeed. I’m going to try it. To try honestly realizing the effect my selfishness, my constant pride, my lusts and my apathy has on God. Then instead of hurting Christ, I will kiss his feet, I will comfort my God, and the blood left on my lips will be my salvation.

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The Difference Between a Renaming and a Baptism
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The Difference Between a Martyr and a Victim
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11746072333942467360 Valerie

    I am enjoying this blog so much. Thank you so much for starting it!

  • http://badcatholicblog.blogspot.com/ badcatholicblog

    Awesome! Thank you so much for the kind words. I hope I don't disapoint. If you ever want to hear something specific, or have anything you want to post on BadCatholic, just let me know.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02850973780011481487 Soul Pockets

    I am enjoying your bog as well. It is a great read and I love the messages. Thank you

  • http://badcatholicblog.blogspot.com/ badcatholicblog

    Thank you for reading!

  • Christopher

    Definitely digging the blog. I tried something similar a few years back but instead of taking an unflinching look at "life as a Catholic," I ended up just whining a lot. Probably came close to blaspheming, too. So, I'll just sit back and follow this one. ;-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11303049663665917728 KathleenLundquist

    Thanks so much for posting that Matt Maher song – wow.

  • http://openid.aol.com/mayahee13 mayahee13

    This one is the my favorite so far. -April

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11303049663665917728 KathleenLundquist

    Oh, and I love the Mumford and Sons song – so full of the heart and humility that I don't have. :-J

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01740507291047837708 mil

    Thank you. I am late to the show on commenting on this post, but I was sitting at Mass telling the Lord that I was offering the pain in my heart to soothe Him, while at the same time not sure it meant what I meant. This post helps explain the "offering up" I try to do.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13309890176338378165 ner4t

    what you've written has been a gift for me. thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15549586633054147367 Pennycake

    awesome post!Nor did demons crucify Him; it is you who have crucified Him and crucify Him still, when you delight in your vices and sins.-Admonitions of St. Francis of Assisi