Monday, December 21, 2009

Baby Jesus wants me to go to Malta...

... He doesn't want me to be contented with just looking at pictures on the inter webs. He wants me to be happy and have my heart's desire.

Doesn't that sounds silly, as silly as prosperity theology. Yet there seems to exist the same pervasiveness of thought among charismatics in regards to emotions... a sort of emotional prosperity gospel if you will. The idea that God wants be in state of constant emotional giddiness and always feel good.

I heard a homily recently that I has me pondering this very subject; that God does not want us to surround ourselves with those who are sad and wants us to be in a state of constant joy; emotionally comfortable, if you will. I know this wasn't the sole message the priest was trying to convey but it could be misconstrued and give the false impression to those who might be looking for the perfect opportunity to condone their willingness to embrace an emotionally unbalanced way of worship... The unchallengeable kind of worship where you strive to be only happy and toss aside the rest of those emotions that are a source of uncomfortableness. I find uncomfortable emotions to be nothing more than a solid conscience at work.

What I love about Catholicism is her wide range of sentiments. Everything from her joviality in the celebrations through out the liturgical year, to the the intellectual wit of the saints seen in their writings, as well as the ecstatic revelations of her mystics, or the contrite mourning of a repentant sinner and a longing to imitate Christ... those emotionally demanding and rigorous dynamics of the Church that command us to look beyond and outside ourselves.

Of course I know Christ doesn't want us to be Emo and locked in our rooms listening to Morrissey all night but also He doesn't want us to push away from our social circles our friends when they are in need of comfort.

I just want this unstable notion that we deserve to be happy all the time to dissipate with the rest of the spiritually damning frivolity that has come out of the Church these past few decades.

Discuss.

10 comments:

Mark Scott Abeln said...

That's why I like praying the psalms - they cover the whole gamut of emotion.

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truthfinder said...

I agree with Mark Scott Abeln. And take it from a former Protestant who has stood singing "I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Down in My Heart" and "If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands!" with tears streaming down my cheeks --- it is a blessing beyond all compare to just be who I am and where I am on the journey. I don't have to be "Happy" all the time. I can be genuine Me, warts and all, and be Catholic.

RFP said...

"When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die."
That was the first thing running through my mind while I read your post.

Angela M. said...

And what do the prosperity prots do when they don't get what they want? What a weak, shallow faith they have. If Joel Osteen was diagnosed with terminal cancer what would he do? How could he reconcile that? In his happy-clappy world he couldn't do it. St. Gianna said, "Also in suffering, let us say: Thanks be to God."

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

And what's wrong with sitting in my room and listening to Morrissey (well, The Smiths, really) all night? Hmmmm?

(Well, okay, only one night or so a week . . .)

truthfinder said...

Angela M. at 2:13 - An answer from one who has been there: either others in your circle tell you there must be some deep, dark, unconfessed (to God) sin in your life, or when you insist that is not so, they tell you you need to make a "positive confession" (i.e. say, "I'm Healed!") and "stand" on that statement of "faith" until you are obviously well again. Two women I know of did not prepare for death as they would have done if they hadn't been in such extreme religious denial, and realized too late that they WERE dying. They had told friends and family that they were going to be well. Needless to say, several of their children rejected God and all religion after Mom died. I'm glad that as Catholics we can offer it up, when afflicted.

Angela M. said...

"religious denial" - you nailed it!

LightSkyBlue said...

Dear Carolina,
I wish you Marry Christmas and very happy New Year!!!!! :)x

Smiley said...

Im not a fan of this prosperity Christianity. Honestly Christianity is about the Cross here and joy in heaven.