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Posted by frmac on April 19, 2007

Here are the seven practical facts I spoke about last week during my Sunday homily. As people of faith (disciples in the year 2007), we need to be principled, realistic, and responsible.Seven Practical Facts

1) Our world has changed and continues to change rapidly, and in significant ways. (The evolutionary principle in action) As Catholics we must make a real effort to understand and to respond in faith to the world around us.

2) There never have been, nor will there ever be, easy answers. We are not robots, nor are we brain dead. We were made in the image and likeness of God. We must strive for truth humbly and charitably. Many Catholics reject or question catholic belief, but make little effort to read and inform themselves.)

3) The human heart craves God. Atheism is not a real option, and it will not suffice in the long term. The spiritual will bubble up – erupt, and sometimes in harmful ways. We have to acknowledge the spiritual – it is part of who we are.

4) Life is about choice, and we need to choose wisely for our own sake, and the sake of our children. We can’t allow ourselves to be buffeted around by all of life’s pressures, demands, must have’s, and must do’s. We must take personal ownership of our life.

5) If we want God in our lives in any meaningful way – we need to find time for God.6) What we believe, we must say, and do. We can’t believe one thing, say another, and then do something else. We have no credibility, if we are not honest and true. (Hypocrisy)7) We must love our neighbor and this is often difficult and challenging. Tolerance, respect, and forgiveness are virtues that require great skill, much learning, and God’s grace.

Copyright (2007) – Fr. Bob MacDonald

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