The very history of Catholicism has been one of sacralising and sanctifying the mundane and profane
and His Church have turned words which disappear on the wind into
conduits of Divine Grace as in the confessional or the consecration
He has turned mere physical contact into Ordination
He has turned sexual reproduction into a sacramental spiritual procreation of souls
He has turned the physical cleanser water into the spiritual cleanser in baptism
Olive Oil into spiritual seals of the Holy Spirit imbuing profound graces upon the intellect and will
Bread and Wine into God the Son's entire Being as spiritual food
pagan shrines and statues into christianised symbols and places of
divine worship - Aten, Horus,Osiris,Apollo, Orpheus, Mithras evaporate
and thesymbols depict Christ - Artemis, Athene, Hera, Demeter are
exorcised and their symbols christianised to reflect the majesty of the
Theotokos - Our Lady the Queen of Heaven....
...and the Symbol of
Barbaric torture and excruciating death - becomes the means for Our
Salvation - that which destroyed is now the sign of the cross which
provides spiritual defence and blessing and an entrance into prayer and
the presence of God and a spiritual weapon against the forces of evil...
you want to start me on what God does to people? The most malevolent,
corrupt, murderous, narcissistic,abusive, salacious, treacherous
monsters in history who became our greatest prophets and saints?
same can be said for our wounds, our pains, afflictions, burdens and
our self-willed fasting, sacrifice and self-denial - that which
ostensibly seems to demean and dimish and be detrimental to the physical
works miracles within the spiritual realm.
There is an
extraordinary meme which is as old as civilization - it can be found in
aboriginal dreamtime stories, in the works of Aeschylus, in the
Sibylline verses, in the analects of Confucius, in Vedic texts, in the
Egyptian Book of the Dead, in the Epic of Gilgamesh etc etc
"By Our Wounds are We Healed"
extraordinarily: When every text mentions some form of a Messiah - a
King to Come - God-man who will bear our sins vicarious [early Greek
plywrights] - the Great saint from the west - the God to come from
palestine after whom no temple will exist to any other etc
they all don't speak of some great political force or some new civilization but of redemption...
"By HIS wounds are we healed"
community - no civilization - no epoch - no religion or theogony or
cult or any belief system has not had this fundamental principle - even
if it's alien and contradictory to their own religion [eg in Buddhism
where its placement in the texts makes no sense]
Someone will come - they will teach truth - they will die and bear our sins and redeem us...
Check out the first chapter of Fulton Sheen's Life of Christ
the Joseph Campbell institute's work on Jesus being heralded and
predicted by every religion in some form - as if - if jesus did not
exist - we'd have had to create Him because He is the heart and centre
of all human prophecy...
It is an intrinsic human understanding
from the very beginning - suffering is a means to sanctification - that
which is ostensibly physically bad is spiritually transformed into a
grace and blessing...
And no - this is not some form of weak
compliant fatalistic victimisation masochism or equivocation for the
pains and sufferings of the world
Nor are we turning God into some
sociopathic sadist and thug - no rather we're agreeing with saint Paul
when he said the pains and sufferings of this world are NOTHING in
comparison with the joys and pleasures of Heaven...think the pains of
birthpangs and the joy of the newborn...