The life of faith is not sweetness and light

As Elizabeth Duffy beautifully depicts in her most recent post, the life of faith is no sugar-coated fantasy and prayer is no vending machine into which one puts something in order to receive something. It is co-creative, and that means it is messy, complicated and ultimately as beholden to a big bang borne upon the intentional winds of “yes” as was the very first moment:

If there is a “contraceptive mentality” in Catholic marriage, it has almost nothing to do with abstaining from sex to space babies. Rather, it’s about wanting to undo or interfere with something that’s already taken place. God pitched me a ball, and I wanted to throw it back, hard enough to leave a bruise. What a dumb idea it was to play this game.

My husband and I are not good planners. We itch, we scratch, we treat the wounds, and for the most part, we’ve ended up a little richer for closing our eyes and taking chances. But sometimes it takes longer for a wound to heal, and you have to wait in uncertainty and discomfort until it does.

I would like to say that I could NEVER act against a pregnancy, but temptation is such that it throws all of life’s options before you, including the option for death.

Read it all.

The life of faith is shadow-boxing. It’s darkness and light being permitted to battle it out within you — sometimes leaving you feeling sucker-punched, sometimes powerful enough to dance with arms outstretched. You’re not forced into the ring; you get into it by choice. But once you’re there, prepare to be engaged. Christ is all light, but even he had to box the shadows on his way to glory.

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  • Victor

    (((I would like to say that I could NEVER act against a pregnancy, but temptation is such that it throws all of life’s options before you, including the option for death.)))
    Anchoress what I wrote below in Elizabeth’s post comment reply to “The life of faith is not sweetness and light” should be on topic so I’ll just leave “IT” here also.

    Peace and please keep praying for this often Annoying Super Sinner.

    (((and ultimately as beholden to a big bang borne upon the intentional winds of “yes” as was the very first moment:If there is a “contraceptive mentality” in Catholic marriage, it has almost nothing to do with )))
    So true! I recall when my wife was told by a strong arm rock doctor that she was pregnant again. We already had five planned loving girl angels and me being a Catholic still didn’t keep me, me and me for a day or two from quietly crying to GOD (Good Old Dad) telling HIM that “I’M” not working and I just lost my car so why would ya let that happen? Long story short, after two days or so, I had completely accepted “IT” and “I” was very happy and my heart was singing songs like, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VezWYCXVXAE&feature=autoplay&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CsoL1wb57KE3PhIWCcedxR&playnext=8

    Longer story short, my wife was told at her next appointement that she really was not pregnant and somehow I’ve learned how to listen to GOD but “IT” has not always been that easy NOW.

    Go figure “IT” was probably the boy that you always wanted butt look on the bright side Victor, we gods later on give ya R and R Victor to make UP for our little mistake!? :)

    Please don’t get me started sinner vic. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi3r3FXG84I&feature=autoplay&list=AL94UKMTqg-9CsoL1wb57KE3PhIWCcedxR&playnext=1

    Peace

  • Gerry

    Now that we’ve learned that Obama is our Lord and Savior, when are you going to get with the program, Anchoress?

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Obama is the devil’s imp at the best of times!

  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    I thought this her most striking paragraph in her piece:

    “I imagine the suffering and death of Christ on the Cross must be the forerunner to such feelings. To be powerless, with open arms is the ultimate symbol of poverty, and yet to undergo agony and pain as a gift to others that may never be returned is a taste of the way God loves. This is what it means to be a co-creator.”


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