Wrestling With God And Looking For Answers

I must apologise to my readers. I must, also, make a very important outing.

I “do” obedience.

Obedience means a couple of things of which I should be, reading around, almost ashamed as backward and bigoted, certainly very low-key. It’s good that I don’t have to write about Catholicism to put some pasta on my table. Boy, I would be in trouble.

Let us, for example, take this “wrestling with God” stuff. I don’t know, it must be Protestant?

In my culture (Catholic Country, you know) this kind of thinking is just not there. God being Infinitely Just and you being Infinitely Small, wrestling with Him makes you, inter alia, Infinitely Dumb.

But then again you see where it comes from. The very idea that one would be entitled to do such a thing for whatever reason that grates his oh so developed sensitivity smells of devil like Francis smells of arrogance and vulgarity. It’s just too obvious to overlook.

We must be, first of all, obedient and submissive. There is nothing cool in questioning this obedience and submission. It does not make you a cool guy. It makes you a cretin.

Then there is the other trope that always riles me up, the “searching for answers” routine. I mean, not the natural reaction of the guy who, upon being told he has incurable cancer, reacts with a “why me, Lord” of understandable, but hopefully temporary, disorientation. No, I mean the searching for answers that, actually, says “why you, Lord”. The questioning of God’s wisdom. The questioning, again, of one’s own duty to obedience.

Forgive me, again, for my naivete. I realise I will never be among the cool guys. But in my simple mindedness, I do think that the Church has already given us all the answers we need, and has given us beautiful Mysteries for the ones we don’t.

My job in this life is not to wrestle, but to serve; and not to question, but to obey.

All the rest, my friends, is of the devil, and the devil will do irreparable damage if we allow him to. The devil will, as I see written around with great waste of pixels, leverage one’s ego and try to slowly turn a soul, which at this point fancies itself so good and deep, against God.

I know that I already have, through the wisdom Holy Mother Church has given us, all the answers I am ready to have, and will have when I die the ones I am, now, not in a position to receive. I also know that I want to die in full obedience to God, and pray that He may give me the grace to never even begin to question His work.

In this, my friends, it’s not only an important ingredient of the cake called Salvation; but great peace, too.

The kind of contentment the devil will never be able to give.

Posted on June 4, 2021, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Mary Ann Kreitzer

    Scripture, tradition, and doctrine give us all we need. “Development of doctrine” cannot twist or undo or change what the Church has taught for millennia despite the modernists in Rome and the heretics in Germany attempting to do so. I recommend Roberto de Mattei’s book Apologia for Tradition for anyone who wants to understand the legitimate role of the Magisterium with regard to upholding the truths of the faith which have been passed down by the Apostles. I “do obedience” as well, obedience to God through the unchanging doctrine and tradition of the Church. May God give us courage and perseverance in these dark times.

  2. Joanne O Beirne

    Bravo 👏
    Sent from my iPad

  3. Aaron Aukema

    Technically, our obedience is to be tempered on a few factors, according to Aquinas. First, the dictates we are to obey are to be, in themselves, based on truth, not fictions or lies. Second, those giving the dictates must be legitimate authorities (unlike bishops giving health advice). Third, we are not called to obey to the point of sin.
    When you consider this, the only thing we have an absolute requirement to obey is the Sacred Tradition of the Church, as we know that is not only True (coming from God), but it was passed down in accordance with the commands of the Holy Ghost in Scripture (and thus the penultimate in legitimate authority), and guides us AWAY from sin.
    All contemporary church leaders are subject to the yardstick of Tradition. This means that regardless of what any prelate does we must FIRST judge it according to Tradition.

  4. Mary K Jones

    Thanks for this. I do not understand the ‘wrestling’ concept and I think you’re correct: it must be a protestant idea. I also don’t like the insults toward other Catholic writers who have different aims and happen to have a bit of success. It belittles the author, and reminds me of the Aesop’s Fable of the sour grapes. I have enjoyed some of the writers on the site and hope to be able to read them in the future. I think that trying to earn your ‘pasta’ by writing can be a risky business; one needs to understand the audience and attempt to relate, at least a bit.

    And I also ‘do obedience’.

  5. Aaron’s point is ironic given what’s coming out of Rome. If only we could get Rome to be obedient.
    Mundabor, that’s a wonderful commentary. Sometimes there is a huge, glaring difference between Catholicism and Protestantism. That is one.

  6. Mundy,
    No matter how much I tried trying to write what I wanted to say, this does it better.
    Soldier on.

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