Being Apostolic

A long forgotten fact about us poor Christians:  our baptism and status as a member of the Church imposes upon us a duty, a divine expectation to be an apostle,  one who is sent. Sent by Whom? Sent where? Sent for what purpose? The three answers to these questions literally define us as God’s creatures – if we can answer them correctly and make those answers the absolute center of our lives and the reason we get out of bed in the morning, we will live our lives in a way that sets our human soul on fire – that fire is, according to a famous military commander the most powerful force on earth. Let us just plainly answer those questions. We are, in reality, sent by God, sent out into the world, and sent for the purpose of getting ourselves to Heaven along with as many other souls as God sends our way. Father Robert Fox told us one day that when he woke up in the morning, the first words from his lips were “here I am Lord – I have come to do your will” That prayer set the tone for his daily activities. Father Fox died recently and the last few years of his life were probably the most apostolic time of his very full life. He would wander the great Piazza at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama looking and hoping for some soul or souls to speak to about God. He died a happy man and a very holy priest. We all yearn for happiness – it will come to us when we forget ourselves and live for others and their eternal welfare.

A good friend of mine recently offered a short talk on the importance of being an apostolic Catholic. He made the point that it doesn’t require great talent or intellectual gifts – it takes effort and the right intention – do it for the glory of God and let Him determine the outcome. We should be free of all concern for the results of our efforts – it doesn’t depend on us. We are absolutely nothing without the Lord – if we recognize that fact, our apostolic effort will be a cause of great joy and even excitement – to work for God in His vineyard cannot be surpassed by any earthly activity we may engage ourselves in.

The word Apostle is defined as “one who is sent” We have been sent. Let’s get serious about our Catholic faith and spend ourselves and allow ourselves to be spent for the salvation of souls. God Bless.