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Friday, January 31, 2014

Rediscover Catholicism - Discovering Me

I have been reading a fantastic book titled "Rediscover Catholicism" by Matthew Kelly (link to free book: Rediscover Catholicism). I'm about one-fourth of the way through the book. On every page, in every paragraph, Matthew provides wonderful insight that makes me think, and challenges me to become a better Catholic.

I just finished reading one section on discipline (the word 'disciple' is derived from the same Latin root word as discipline: disciplina from discipulus meaning pupil). Matthew pointed out that the usual reason children are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports, is to build and develop discipline. However, in the modern world, where children are shuttled from one activity to another on a daily basis, the end result is not discipline but loss of focus.

What does this have to do with me? I've taken the Myers-Briggs temperament test several times. It turns out that I am an intuitive thinker. Yea, so what . According to Myers and Briggs, intuitive thinkers are interested in everything, and want to master everything. That's me! My interests cover religion, music, computers, politics, economics, plants (like cactus), fantasy, science, science fiction..... And, I am an insatiable reader. For example, I am now reading religion, fiction, fantasy, and politics. Everything.

Getting back to the chapter in "Rediscover Catholicism", I thought about children running from one organized activity to another. Then I realized that was me! I have spread myself over a wide range of interests. The problem with this was that I was having trouble seeing what God wants me to do. I slept on it, and woke up understanding that my path for God has two parts: music, and being a disciple of Christ to spread the Gospel.

I decided to focus my energies on these two activities. In music, I will work harder at becoming a better musician, emulating those individuals that I respect. I will continue to participate in the music ministry of my Church in any way that I can. As far as spreading the Good News, I will continue to facilitate and participate in Bible study groups at my Church, read the Bible and other religious books, and, of course, do what I can via these posts to inspire people to look for Jesus, and trust in him. With God's help, hopefully I'll be successful (in his eyes) with both endeavors.