What is it to be radical?
In Bishop Charles J. Chaput’s book Strangers in a Strange Land, he remarks that the word radical comes from the Latin root and that radical ideas speak to the root nature of things. He goes on to compare todays “radicals” as not nearly radical enough- rather, they represent “… the familiar human appetite for power dressed up in progressive-left language. And (they) stand in sharp contrast to the kind of true radicalism demanded by a Christian life.”
Think about that for a moment. Think about how you are a radical and what it takes to follow Christ.
We live for the sanctifying grace of our Lord. We work every day towards actual grace to lead us closer to Him. We strive for and live a grace filled life.What does it mean to live a grace filled life?
Because of God’s grace, we have salvation. That grace is the greatest gift God gave us and second to that is freewill to love Him. To return that love, we have the ability of self-control over our sinful nature, which at times takes tremendous effort and brings us to our knees in humility. And this is where we find and live the graces of God. Grace is not something we can give or take away – obtain without Him- or give without Him. Yes, we can live a sanctified life- be gracious in our dealings- but we have no power over grace- just submission.
The epitome of grace in human form rests with Our Blessed Mother. Spend some time with her today in prayer.
-Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb- Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death- Amen.