The Catholic life is one of perseverance and resistance. It is not a convenient or easy life. We must convert, turn away, from the world and the flesh, and live anew in the spirit of God. We will be contradicting the world of death, and we will be opposed for it. We must follow Truth, in all our acts.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.
Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
We must follow God in truth, not as some human fantasy. The Living God is not an abstraction, and it is only through revelation that we are able to know God, to believe in God, and to worship God. It is only through the grace of God that we can merit and be happy.
This life is therefore either a futile life of the flesh, or a meritorious life of the spirit.
I do not have authority, and these are personal reflections on what has been handed to me through the Church. I write them for the purpose of edification for others and for myself. All which I write is written in full submission to the authority of the Church.
I...beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called, With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity. Careful to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. One body and one Spirit; as you are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all. But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ.