I just returned from a wonderful retreat in which we had Fr. Dominic Borg as our retreat master.
I had encountered Fr. Borg when I lived and worked at the Cathedral prior to entering the seminary. I remember liking him, but forgot about just how good he really is until I heard him this week.
What made him so good was that Scripture simply flowed from his heart. He knew so much Scripture, but it simply flowed from his heart. He was convicted by the Word, by the Church, and, most importantly, by Christ. It simply came from him and it was contagious, you wanted what he had. That is, to me, the sign of the saint: they have Jesus, and they let him flow out of them, and you want the Jesus that they love.
It has inspired me to really begin to immerse myself into the life of Scripture, to let the Word permeate my being in my prayer. I have experienced in the past that when I allow the Scriptures to flow into me through quiet prayer, I begin to be transformed and it is no longer me, but Christ who lives in me. I am planning on redoubling my efforts to allow Scripture to form my life, I hope others will as well.
I do find, however, that many people in the world have a hard time accepting Christian beliefs, or they have a hard time being obedient to the teaching of the Church, or living a particular aspect of the moral life, etc. What I have discovered, though, is that many people in the world do not have a listening spirit: they are unwilling/unable to open up their hearts to let God speak to them. They have made up their minds before encountering their Maker, and refuse to be docile to God’s Spirit in their lives.
I have, myself, in the past, entered into arguments. Many people, for example, will find that the Church’s belief in the Eucharist is weird and crazy (though, first off, they tend to completely misunderstand the doctrine of the Eucharist). But I have realized that it is totally pointless to enter into such arguments. It is not a knock against said people, but in order to understand the Catholic doctrines, one needs to have a docile spirit, a receptive soul, a listening ear.
I am becoming more and more a believer in the idea that the best argument is sanctity: the best argument is a heart convicted by the love of Jesus Christ. The heart convicted allows Christ to take form in you, and the best means to do that is to read Scripture and to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. These two elements of the spiritual life are so important, so central, and they are the means through which we allow Jesus to be formed in us.
In Scripture, the words and actions of Jesus take form in our soul, while in adoration, in reception of the Eucharist, we allow the very Person of Jesus to radiate upon us: we are “tanned” by the rays of Jesus. By these two means, we allow Jesus to take us over completely, thus becoming most ourselves. Thus, we no longer speak with our own words, but the words of Scripture, the words of Jesus, become our words. When people call us crazy, we can show through our lives, by which the Scriptures and the Eucharist have become incarnated in us, that we are not crazy, but living a life fulfilled.
So, let us become Saints. Let us spend time with Jesus, in the Eucharist and in the Word, and allow Him to take form in our lives.