Today is the memorial of St. Lawrence of Brindisi – I did a very long post on him last year..here’s a portion and the link:
But read this saint’s story carefully. A man who apparently found it not at contradictory to give himself to Christ, hold up St. Francis of Assisi as the emblematic disciple, devote himself to attempt to convert – not simply dialogue with – non-Christians and non-Catholics, move among the corridors of power, minister to the powerful, and inspire an army to go to battle.
Does that fit with what you’ve been hearing about what a “true Christian” does and doesn’t do?
This is why simplistic, The Gospels – n – Me – n- the Holy Spirit Today – doesn’t work. It can’t coherently account for the complexity of Catholic history because there’s no systematic thinking brought to the table. There is certainly plenty of space to talk about the shape of the Church and the vision of sanctity through the centuries, but without principles and systematic thinking, we really have nowhere to go. Simplistic, idealistic thinking cuts us off from the breadth, depth, complexity and even ambiguity of human history and Christ’s church and saints within that history and offers us only the present moment in however those in authority choose to frame the present moment.