St. Catherine once said, "Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire."
I believe this quote should pose the question to every christian, "Am I setting the word on fire with God's love? Am I who God is calling me to be?"
Are we living lives like the saints who were completely raptured by God's love? They may not have always felt it, but they always lived it. They lived it so well, in fact, that they were able to overcome impossible obstacles, they moved countless souls to conversion, and made some of the greatest sacrifices, including torture and ultimately death. And all of it was done for the love of God and conversion of souls.
Are we living this type of love? If not, do we believe that God has the absolute power to transform our lives into this reality of truly being who He created us to be - to be saints?
Why do so many of us lack that confidence in God's transformative power? Why do we feel such a huge gap between our lives when we compare them to the lives of the saints who truly lived not just a faith unto themselves, but lived a contagious faith?
I would contend that it's because they practiced something daily (besides staying close to the sacraments), that most Catholic Christians do not practice. They sought Him out! Not just some days when they felt like it, always - everyday!
They sought Him, and because they sought Him, they knew Him, and because they knew Him, they loved Him.
Take a moment and consider these scripture passages:
Matt 6:33 "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides."
Acts 17:27 "That they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him, though He is not far from each one of us."
1 Chronicles 16:11 "Seek the Lord and His strength, seek the Lord continually."
"Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your Heart."
Psalm 119:2 "How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart."
James 4:8 "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,"
1 Chronicles 2:19 "Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God."
Do you recognize the common theme in all these scripture passages? God is making it clear to us that we must seek Him in order to find Him, and without this daily process, how are we to imagine that we could be capable of loving Him as we should, which Jesus so clearly states in Luke 10:27 where He says that we must love God with all our soul, strength, and mind. Is this possible without continually seeking Him, so He can continue to remake us to be more and more like Himself?
Think of it this way, Our relationship to God should be compared to any human relationship. Let's take for example my relationship with my husband. There are days when I feel completely and deeply in love with my husband, and there are days that I do not, but that doesn't change my choice to love him on a daily basis, and to seek out a relationship with him everyday. What would my marriage look like if I only gave my husband the time of day when I "felt like it"? Better yet, what if I just gave him an hour of my time on Sundays? would that be classified as a healthy marital relationship? Not at all, but yet that's how so many of us treat Almighty God whom we are supposed to love even more than our spouse, or anyone else for that matter.
Can you imagine on the day of judgement looking at God who did everything possible to save you, and telling Him that you never really felt like putting in the effort to know, love, and serve Him, or that you never really could find the time to fit Him into your busy schedule. Can you imagine what His response might be? Would it be too far off to think that we might hear, "I never knew you" echoing back from the voice of God?
But how sweet it will be, not just in this life but in the life to come, to be able to stand before Almighty God, and to honestly say, "Lord, you are the love of my life. I sought you, I found you, I loved you." Would it be too far off to think that we might hear, "Well done my good and faithful servant" echoing back to us from our one true love?
So if you want to be who God created you to be. If you want to set the world on fire with His transformative love, then make time for Him each and everyday. Pope Benedict said that silence is God's first language, so turn off all your distractions. Go to a quit place, and seek Him in the silence of your heart. Jesus gave us this example in Mark 1:35 where it says, "And very early in the morning while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place and there He prayed." Don't let a day go by without making room for the most important relationship you could ever have. Seek Him and you will find Him, and then you will start to see that what once was a flickering weak and tiny light in your soul, has become a raging fire that cannot help but spread it's flames of love upon the world.