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Faith Moments

July 11, 2014

Faith Moment Burdens 5

Transcript of audio:

Cardinal Timothy J. Dolan stated the following: "Maybe the greatest threat to the church is not heresy, not descent, not secularism, not even moral relativism, but the sanitized, feel-good, therapeutic spirituality that makes no demands, calls for no sacrifice, asks for no conversion, entails no battle against sin.  But only soothes and affirms."  When I was a young priest, we would speak of "butterfly theology" – to make everyone feel good but place little demands upon anyone.  There can be no denying it.  Following the Lord anywhere calls for a demanding surrender, self-sacrifice, and a willingness to journey to Jerusalem.  There are no short-cuts in life.  If you think you've found one you end up in the wrong place with the job half done.  Maybe the place we have to start is our own perception of religion.  Getting rid of those short-cuts and practices of false worship that will not lead to true conversion or to a dying to self in order that we can live for God.  It's never easy.

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