The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity
Nov 9, 2018
As my spiritual reading during my morning holy hour I recently read a little book by Matthew Kelly entitled, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. Matthew Kelly is a business man and consultant who founded Dynamic Catholic. Dynamic Catholic is Matthew’s personal response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelism. He takes seriously his Christian responsibility to share the faith. Dynamic Catholic offers books and pamphlets that are meant to support bringing Catholics back to the faith and offers seekers information on the Catholic Church. Last year during Advent and Lent I encouraged parishioners to sign-up for Dynamic Catholics’ on-line reflections. I encourage you to do the same for this Advent. The internet link is https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever.
Let me get back to my reading. In his book Kelly proposes that the biggest lie in Christianity isn’t formulated by opponents of Christianity but by Christians themselves. It is the lie that holiness isn’t possible for the average believer. Kelly says there is an evil genius to the lie because it paralyzes and neutralizes the average Christian. We Christians believe that holiness is something very complex and time consuming. Many Christian believe that holiness isn’t possible for the average person. The lie that we can’t be holy people causes us to get discouraged and give up on really living our faith.
Kelly writes that holiness is what God desires for each of us. Holiness isn’t about becoming a perfect person. So many holy people were far less than perfect people. They have their good days and bad days. Holy people have their blind spots. They have their prejudices and are sometimes far less than the people God called them to be. Saints like St. Paul even persecuted Christians at one point in his life.
Matthew Kelly’s book tells readers that we become holy people by creating holy moments in our day. He wrote, “The heroes, champions and saints who have exemplified Christian living for two thousand years did not live holy lives. It is a mistake to step back and look at their lives and say, “She lived a holy life” or he lived a truly holy life.” And these men and women that we place on a pedestal would be first to admit that they did not lead holy lives-they lived Holy Moments. Their lives were not a single action. Rather, they lived life like you and I, one moment at a times. Did they collaborate with God to create Holy Moments? Yes. Did they turn their backs on God at other times and create unholy moments? Absolutely. In fact, it is essential to note that between all the Holy Moments these champions of Christianity were creating with God, they did some really sick, crazy, dark, twisted, demented, and messed-up stiff.”
Kelly goes on to write that we start by trying to do maybe just one Holy Moment a day. That leads us to do two, then three. Holy Moments are little beautiful things we do out of our love of God. They are time when we do something because we know it is pleasing to God. They can be little times when we let others go ahead of us, are patient when we are in a hurry or considerate when we feel frustrated. They are times when we can be generous is some simple way. Opportunities to have Holy Moments are all around us if we take the time to look for them. If we make a conscience effort to look for them Holy Moments appear at every opportunity. If we live Holy Moments they add up to Holy Lives. Holy lives help make the Kingdom of God manifest in our midst and help us get to heaven.
The parish has bought copies of Matthew Kelly’s book The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity to give out at Christmas Masses. Be sure to plan to attend Christmas Mass so that you get your copy.
Fr. Sullivan and the parish staff offer wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving to all our parishioners both permanent and seasonal, and all our guests. We pray that the holiday will be an enjoyable family day. Here is a prayer you might consider using as a grace at your holiday table.
Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving
O God, source and giver of all things,
You manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness
In the earth about us:
We give you honor and glory.
For the sun and the rain,
For the manifold fruits of our fields:
For the increase of our herds and flocks,
We thank you.
For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace,
We are grateful.
Supreme Lord of the harvest,
Graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil,
In union with Jesus, your Son,
As atonement for our sins,
For the growth of your Church,
For peace and love in our homes,
And for salvation for all.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
From Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers, compiled by The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors
No Matter who you are
No Matter what you do
No Matter where you come from
No matter where you are going
No matter how good or how bad things may seem
Please know that you are always welcome at Holy Redeemer
Fr. Sullivan on Vacation This Week
Fr. Sullivan is on vacation this weekend. Please welcome Fr. George Bellenoit, retired pastor of St. Pius X in S. Yarmouth who is filling in for him. If you would be so kind as to keep Fr. Sullivan’s safety in his travels in your prayers. Fr. Sullivan will return for the weekend of November 24/25.
Advent Preparation Aid
It almost feels like we’re rushing the season but the new Liturgical Year will begin in just two weeks. Sunday, December 2, 2018, is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new year of grace. Advent is that season the Church uses to help us prepare our hearts to welcome the Incarnate Jesus at Christmas. To help you use the Advent Season as a time of preparation for Christmas the parish has free copies of the Advent issue of Word Among Us. They are available on the table at the back of the church. Please help yourself to a copy.
Also, parish calendars are available at the back of the church. They are provided by the generosity of the Nickerson Funeral Home. A Catholic calendar should be in every home. They show us the various Liturgical Seasons, saint’s feast days and give some interesting information about our Catholic Church. Pick one up before you leave church today.
Monica Wieting 2019 Marian Medal Awardee
Bishop Edgar da Cunha will be conferring the Diocese of Fall River’s Marian Medal on Mrs. Monica Wieting at a Prayer Service at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River this Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3p.m. The Marian Medal is the diocese’s Catholic service award. Congratulations to Monica.