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We Are The Faithful, Not The Worthy

The traditional pointing to the Salve Regina( Hail Holy Queen) is 😛 TAGEND

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

I’ve always been struck by this prayer’s ability to remind us of the surety of Christ’s predicts, but too the poverty of the human soul. It says “that we may be made worthwhile, ” reminding us that we are both unworthy and being realized worthy.

A man of sect is not a settled male. Something is happening in the middle a soldier of religion, it is not something already accomplished.

A common understanding among Protestants would yield this prayer inaccurate( not the least of which because it is directed to Our Lady ). They is suggested that faith is an assurance, that by “coming to faith in Christ” there is no more being formed deserving, but that we are totally covered in His Blood and readied as much as is necessary to take our seat in heaven. “Once Saved, Always Saved” is the iteration of this doctrine.

The Catholic Church, along with St. Paul and the history of the saints, reminds us that faith is our entrance into animation in God, but that this gift is not only incessantly please give, but is also continually being received and enacted by us. It can also lose control! It is not a single summon and response, but the ongoing engagement, and to think otherwise is actually a danger.

St. Paul speaks of being already saved, but too “being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you, ” speaking of a future contest( 1 Cor 15:2 ). The health risks in impelling “progress” in our salvation, which St. Paul describes as work done in “fear and trembling”( Phil 2:12 ), is that we begin to think we have become worthy of the faith we possess.( in a ended gumption ). We study God is pretty lucky to have us on His side!

We get proud of what we know, of blasphemies we’ve done away with, and the pattern we can provide to such a sad and fallen world. At that phase, we have begun to forget that man did nothing to earn God’s grace and the gift that is faith. And by forget such a truth, we yet again enact the very sin that drove Adam from the Garden in the first place: pride.

Perhaps if our respect could write a prayer we could pray thus 😛 TAGEND

V. Pray, O Mother of God. R. That God may be ready to receive such a talent as us.

This is not to say that we cannot celebrate and be thankful for spiritual progress, but it seems best to not really think about it in that way, and to immediately turn our was just thinking about it into a thanksgiving and admire of God’s goodness- especially when a person speaks well of us to us. A saint deters his head bowed in devotion , not collected to see what scrutiny he has received. “The gate to heaven is very low, ” said St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, “only the humble can open it.”

It is not self-deprecating to remind ourselves of our unworthiness. Of trend this feels counter-cultural, because it is. We are told forever we are worthy and deserving of all sorts of things( and just for 20 easy pays !).

Humility, as St. Theresa of Avila said, is truth. We are NOT laudable. Face it. And by accepting this truth we simultaneously drain our heads and centers from the lies that crowd out God’s awfully life-time in us, which is grace. God can only work in the being humble enough to recognize the Worker properly. We have a cherishing and trustworthy Father, so to remind ourselves of our unworthiness is to invite one in Who is worthy and is able to do in us what we are unable to do ourselves. Faith happens, is happening, and will happen. And at each point it is a gift for which we are not worthy.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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