I noticed this picture on Facebook because I have a connection with the person who had it on their timeline, and I just had to comment. I will get to that in a moment, but first I want to expound on something that is so close to my heart as a mom, Priest, in the domestic church sense, Prophet and Queen; that of teaching with love and teaching with ridicule.
Ridicule as a teaching tool, or as a form of debate, is speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter at a person or thing; derision. We all know how it feels when someone in authority uses mockery, derision to try and get their point across it is soul damaging. Just this past Sunday the Gospel was of Jesus being invited to the Pharisee Simon’s and he, Jesus, teaching Simon about forgiveness of sin; what Jesus did not do, has never done when teaching, instructing or charging those whom he encountered to change their hearts, was to ridicule, mock or harass. What he did was ALWAYS to speak in gentle but POWERFUL authority, just as we as parents are to speak and act.
Now as for why I was so attracted to the post from Catholic Global Network on Facebook was because as a very young girl I would love going to Mass and then coming home to “play” priest, for me it wasn’t play it was in response to a calling I felt even then, a call that has never left me. It wasn’t until I become a teen when I learned I could not be a priest. Church teaching, a quickie answer: “At the most basic level, the answer to the question is simple: The New Testament priesthood is the priesthood of Christ Himself. All men who, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, have become priests (or bishops) participate in Christ’s priesthood. And they participate in it in a very special way: They actin persona Christi Capitis, in the person of Christ, the Head of His Body, the Church. ” Do I feel cheated because I wasn’t born a man, to be very honest yes! And I felt this was a deal breaker between me and my lover the Catholic church. I left for years and even thought of becoming an Anglican, but to misquote a popular movie of recent years: I just couldn’t quit the Church.
It took me a while and many sessions with my spiritual director later to truly understand that my priesthood of the laity, my Baptismal calling of Priest, Prophet and Queen was just as important if not vital to the health of the Church. God does not call me just to make babies, He calls me to help change the world, and that I am called, and will be called, to many things in my life; and each of them have an aspect of priesthood in them; just not the one I thought when I was five dressing up in all my mother’s aprons trying to look like a priest, is a very substantial calling indeed.
I am a certified spiritual director from the program provided by Saint Francis in DeWitt, Michigan
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