In Song of Songs 1:2 it states, “Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine.” God wants our love; God wants us to have that most intimate kiss with him. That’s what receiving the Eucharist is all about!
What does this have to do with the Little Mermaid? There is a scene in which Sebastian, the crab, is trying to set the mood for Prince Eric to “kiss the girl,” Ariel. This scene is rich with theological gems that are good to ponder.
Like most things it’s probably easiest to explain God’s role first and then ours following from that explanation. God is like Ariel in that He loves us, wants to be intimate with us, but at the same time has chosen to be silent in one way so as to communicate that love in other ways. I mean, truth be told, I don’t hear God the same way I hear my wife speaking with me on the phone.
Next up is Sebastian, his merry band of turtles, and other animals that are setting the mood are the Church. By that I mean people that work for the Church, priests, bishops, and anyone that has come to know God on a deeper level. We are to set the mood. Not that I know God on a deeper level, but just because I work for the Church part of my job is to get more people to take that plunge into the everlasting love of God. Our parish needs to have an inviting, homie, romantic atmosphere. Our choir is like the mariachi band at your last date night, again, setting the mood. We all need to do our part to help set the mood for another. Active participation is one of the biggest things that came out of Vatican II. A post Covid time will come when we ask for more readers etc. The more we participate the deeper the meaning of the Mass becomes. “Sail away with me, to another world.” -Islands in the stream
Finally, we come to youthful Eric, the one we are most alike. We can be in the boat with God amidst all the hints and surrounded by the melodic mood setting but still, STILL, not having a real clue. We are too caught up with what’s around us or in asking questions than to just take God’s lead and be silent and sense how He’s communicating His love to us. We need to silence ourselves enough to sense the communication for God. As a priest friend once told us, “The Rosary and other devotions are great, but sometimes we need to set them aside and just be with God.” Please, I beg you, go be with God in the boat sometime soon.
If you are ever just frustrated by what seems like endless dishes and laundry, then this article is for you.
The title may shock some people. How can an Adult Faith Formator, someone who works for the Church, use the word Damn in a title? Isn’t the word a bad word?
Nope, this word isn’t a bad word if used correctly. The problem is that most of us haven’t been taught how to use it in the right way. We were taught just to never use it. In my case, and my guess yours, is we were taught this anathema when we were younger. I even teach my kids not to use the word. It’s similar to how we as a society treat alcohol. I’m not handing my 3-year-old a beer and I’m not going to teach him the proper way to use the word damn. He’s just not ready.
But, you an adult. That’s a different story. You have reason and a more developed intellect than my sons. YOU, in fact, need to learn how to properly use the word. The devil hates when we correctly use it. In the seminary they told us it’s very powerful when used in the right way.
To correctly use damn, we need to define it. Damn means to send something to hell. Only God has that power. God is an all-loving parent that wants to empower His children. Much like we want our kids to learn to drive. Our priests have the power to bless and damn things. They get this power from Jesus. We have priest bless our homes, marriages, and almost anything else. We also would call on them to do an exorcism and damn some demons. But as baptized children of God we also have these powers. However, not in the same way. * We are to bless our children, food, and other things we are thankful for. But the devil has tricked us to not damn the things that hold us back, vices we have, sin, and results of sin.
So how does one damn the dishes? Well, it’s actually not the dishes we would be damning. It’s the bad germs because they are the result of the sin that has entered the world. One can look at the mound of frustration and say, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I damn these germs to hell.”
You can, and should, do the same with temptation in your life. The next time you feel a temptation say it in your mind or even better out loud. For example, “In the name of Jesus, damn my laziness, greed, lust, gluttony.” Own your sins, but throw those damn things out like dirty old socks. While you’re at it ask God then to fill the void. Remember, SUPER AWESOME PARENT literally wants to give you the world! Get the greed out Charity in, lust out Love in, gluttony out jazzercize in (shrug). If you don’t find it working, then call on a Saint to do the damning for you. Listen to me, we all need a little help from our friends and those are the big guns. St. Joseph is GREAT for this action. One of his titles is: The TERROR of demons!
It’s a battle field out there. So, get out there and start terrorizing some demons yourself!
*To put it simply, a priest is in personal Christi capitis and we aren’t. Just like I received special powers to somehow know things my kids are doing Fr. Dave got super powers during his ordination. That seems like a good topic for next time.
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