In the early church, a dispute arose because the newly Jewish Christian believers thought it necessary that all Gentile Christians be circumcised and follow the Mosaic Practice or they could not be saved. To solve the dispute, the issue was brought to Peter and the Apostles. And guided by the Holy Spirit, a letter was written and this is the decision that was made.
“It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. Farewell.” (Acts 15: 28-29)
My thoughts are that either I trust completely in everything the church authority teaches concerning faith and morals in the power of the Holy Spirit or I pick and choose what I like and do not like and trust the Holy Spirit to guide me personally. I can look at these teachings as a burden like Mosaic Law, rules that I have to follow or I can see them as a gift from God, revealed by Jesus to the church that allows me to live in the freedom he has given me.
I am not a teacher. It is not a gift I possess. I do not write to open up controversy of why I love my catholic faith, to convince you that I am right or for others to tell me I am going to hell. I pray, study, read and reflect on my journey. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I love you. I make lots of mistakes and surely do not have it “all together” in my life. What I do have is faith that God is guiding me on my journey and the best way for me is living a Sacramental life where I find fulfillment in the church.
“O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me; tell me what I should do, give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Let me only know your will.” Amen.