By R.J. Godlewski
© May 25, 2014, All Rights Reserved
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond our means. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, Who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
For those who have read even a tiny sampling of my writings, it comes as no surprise that I am unabashedly Roman Catholic. Some may find a bit of offense in this, as if I beg to convert all others into the Church, but this cannot be further from the truth. Nor am I hateful towards other beliefs. For example, I am not hostile towards Judaism; I simply find that the ancient Israelites were far too exclusionary for my contemporary tastes. Neither am I hostile to Islam – I simply question any adherence to the “One True God” that places restrictions upon His power and love by suggesting that He could not come here as fully human, with a fully human mother if He so chose. After all, nothing remains impossible for God. And in fairness, neither am I hostile towards my Protestant brethren – many of whom fabricate a multitude of reasons to exclude me from Christianity. I merely question how they could adhere to Christ’s Church without acknowledging the 2,000+ year history of His Church on earth. After all, I stand before you representing nothing spectacular without considering all the generations that have passed before me. Believing in God, therefore, remains an all-or-nothing proposition. God cannot deceive people because He is Truth.
Evil, however, can deceive for deception remains the best hope for casting doubt into an individual’s capabilities. It remains this doubt that drives humanity away from its Creator. From the earliest moments of human society, we have been forewarned of this evil presence: “…Lucifer, full of envy and pride, resisted [against God’s Plan for Humanity] and induced his followers to resist likewise, as they in reality did, preferring to follow him and disobey the divine command. This wicked prince persuaded them, that he would be their chief and that he would set up a government independent and separate from Christ.” Thus, today, our world remains awash with patently unchristian governments and institutions serving – consciously or subconsciously – Satan’s bidding. Yet, we cannot condemn the sinner – merely the Master of Sin, whom God Himself has condemned for eternity: “The consequences of [the] single moment of trial of the angels are staggering. There is no such thing as a second chance for an angel, no period of contrition and penance. Their freedom from ignorance and passion, their instantaneous grasp of truth removes all possibility of a change of will for them.”