We are all called to become saints. We are all called to evangelize. Yet, this can only be done if we, ourselves, are evangelized. In order to obtain a genuine love of neighbor, moral courage and integrity, it is vital that we have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and with His Church. This is especially important for us in our evangelization as Social Crediters, promoting the application of the Gospel through the Catholic Social Teaching and Social Credit.
The four pillars of the Catholic Social Teaching and the basis of Social Credit are: Subsidiarity, “to help individuals, families and intermediate groups fulfill their duties, and protect them from abuses from a higher level [the state].”; Solidarity, valuing and respecting our fellow man assuring each individual what is due to them in justice.; The Common Good, assuring that social conditions allow for every individual to reach their full capacity as an individual.; and Human Dignity, that every person has value and is worthy of great respect and must be free from any slavery, manipulation or exploitation. These should be our common goals.
But to achieve this and to have a deeper relationship with Jesus, we must first desire it. Pope Francis said during a homily on March 16th, 2015; “To have faith is to make space for God’s love, to make space for His power, for God’s power. Not for the power of a powerful person, but for the power of one who loves me, who is in love with me and who wants to rejoice with me. This is faith. This is believing: making space for the Lord so that He can come and change me.”
We can begin by creating more silence around us; taking a moment to reflect on how wonderful God is. Just feeling the wind, hearing the birds sing, watching the gardens bloom and grow in spring…, St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know Him [God] better, love Him more surely, and serve Him more faithfully.” It is God who created all this, just for us!
We also need to spend some time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This is particularly important. We must desire God, receiving Him frequently in the Holy Eucharist, every day if possible…and of course, Confession. Reading good Catholic material, (Scott Hahn, Fr. Robert Barron, Jason Evert…) can help in this and make an impact on our spiritual lives. Developing these good practices and surrounding ourselves with all these good and holy things lifts up our souls and creates in us a “closeness” with God.
In conclusion; striving to become better, stronger Catholics and Social Crediters will enable a more powerful evangelization. After all, it is God who wins them over, is it not? He only asks of us our sincere cooperation in His plan. “…it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20) v