Published in the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder - April 20, 2015
I’m honoured to have been invited to make a contribution to the Faith Column of the Cornwall Standard Freeholder. As the Bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall, I find this to be a great opportunity to share with all readers something that can help us on our spiritual journey.
Everyone’s journey is unique and special. No matter where we are in regards to our relationship with God, we need to keep in mind that, in the Christian belief, we are all created with the capacity for a relationship with God. So many people today don’t know that. Others have known about it but have forgotten. They go about life as if God didn’t exist and try to reach fulfillment with their own human efforts.
As a believer, I marvel in the fact that God created me in his image and likeness. It makes a huge difference to know that I wasn’t created out of pure luck or an accident, but that I was intentionally created in Love and for Love. God wants me, loves me and has a plan for me. With the capacity I am given to relate with God, it is therefore possible to discover what His plan for me is all about.
The Christian God is one that reveals himself to His creation. He makes himself known to His children so that a relationship of trust can grow and develop into a very fulfilling life. Despite our weaknesses, our brokenness and our hardened hearts, our merciful God is relentless in his fidelity and unconditional love. Through the gift of His grace, all is possible, even for the worst sinner, even for the unbeliever.
Yes, I also add the unbeliever, because what every human being desires the most in his or her inner self, is his or her union with the Creator. Many remain restless, empty and lost until they discover the One who has always been there by their side, eager to make Himself known but always respectful of their freedom.
It is therefore very important to be attentive to the many desires of our heart and to slowly screen them one by one in such a way that we can distinguish the desires of the flesh that are rather from this world, and the desires of the spirit that introduce us to the realm of God’s Kingdom. Yes we are created with both body and spirit. We are spiritual beings that appreciate the goodness of our bodies but who find our fulfillment in God alone. Once we realize we truly hunger for God, it is a simple matter of asking for his Love and Mercy. It is then we enter into the world of Light and find our way on the path of Truth and Happiness.
For a Christian, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, sent to us by the Father, is the Way, the Truth and the Life that sustains us in our day to day journey. I will expand on this matter in a later Faith Column. Wishing you a happy and hope-filled spiritual journey.
Bishop Marcel Damphousse