Monday, August 1, 2016

The last two days in India we have kept free for exploration and touring. I’ve always wanted to trace the steps of the Apostles (and all the biblical personages) and was able to do so with St. Thomas who came here and established the Church in 52 AD.

Then we rode a rickshaw to Mass and removed our sandals with everyone else to celebrate Mass with the local Indians in their language of Malayalam. Enjoy the video – sharing our adventures.

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Later this year I will turn 62 years old. At 60 it is a time to examine what I’ve done and what I will do if God grants me a few more decades. It is sobering to hit a milestone and realize that – at best – I will have about twenty strong years left, maybe thirty. What will I do with that time and how will I live my life.

I found the proclamation below written by Dr. Bob Moorehead and I edited it quite a bit to fit my own life and situation. I hope you like it; I hope you join me.

MY PLEDGE AND DECLARATION
I am a part of a group of redeemed and committed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. The questions were posed and the answers given; the doubts have long vanished. Feelings are fleeting and fads are fading. Faith and reason direct me.

I’ve discovered the power of God, fallen in love with the Savior of the world. I’ve cast my lots with the King and his Kingdom – with Christ and his Church. I will live out my days in the heart of the Catholic Church. I am not the first to cross the Tiber; I won’t be the last. I am in good company.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure.  I am finished a
nd done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith in the present, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. 

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, whimper at persecution, faint at martyrdom, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes.

And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. I will have my San Damiano Cross around my neck. My sins are forgiven, my soul is redeemed, my voice sings loudly. My colors will be clear for my flag waves high. I am Steve Ray and I am a Catholic Christian until the end.

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