Does one grow slow or fast in the spiritual life? (Law of Gradualism)

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You probably already know the answer based on: 1) experience and 2) writings from popes and saints and 3) the picture above!  It would SEEM we SHOULD grow quickly in the spiritual life since as humans (for hobbits this is especially the case), we love comfort.  We love immediate gratification.  We’re used to getting everything we want instantly.  We have all these time saving devices-e.g., (going old school for a second…e.g. stands for exempli gratia in Latin, which means “for example”, not i.e. which is also Latin but is oftentimes misused in place of e.g.!) washer/dryers, microwaves, drive thru’s, cars, PayPal, etc. (etc. also comes from Latin! It’s short for et cetera which is Latin for “and the rest.”
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Don’t be a light (stain glass windows)

When you read the title, “Don’t be a light”, you must’ve thought to yourself, “Mike, we’re supposed to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth!  It’s Scriptural!” (Matthew 5: 13-14) And yes, I agree not only because it’s from Scripture, but also it’s a quotation of Jesus’ own words about us!  But as we’ll see in the upcoming G.K. Chesterton quote, we want to be distinct in this statement that it’s Christ’s light shining through us rather than solely our light by ourselves.  I thought about entitling this blog, Don’t be your own light, as that would’ve been the accurate message of this blog. But then Don’t be a light sparks the, “Hey Mike, but…” and I always like a lively discussion.

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Signum Crucis (Sign of the Cross)

Did you know there’s more to the Signum Crucis (Latin for Sign of the Cross) than expressing our belief in the Trinity and the Cross?  If you’re like me sometimes, you like to skip ahead to the answer.  If you’d like, you can skip to the end as I’ve bolded the answer.  But that’s just the 3rd (not so obvious) mystery that we declare to believe when we cross ourselves.  But do read that whole last paragraph as there’s theological significance to each hand motion (how cool!) of the Sign of the Cross.

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