ARE YOU LISTLESS?

If you read this title you might be fooled by the actual purpose of this blog. Listless means being lifeless and without enthusiasm. It reminds me of those who seem to decry the state of imperfection in the World or the Church (or both) yet have no clue as to what to do about it.

The importance of lists is that they are a sequence of events or people that link us with the past, or help us to explore the future, as in using the list of four steps in the Lectio Divina (lectio, oratio, meditatio, and comtemplatio {Latin}). Links connect the NOW with either the past or the future. They may be conduits of continuity with the apostolic past which may be difficult to visualize or otherwise experience.

The question all of us must ask ourselves and be confident of the answer is “Am I on the final list?” What list? Lists are an important part of my life. There are lots of different lists in which I participate and some I only wish I was included. Here are some famous lists, ones you may not have thought about since Grade School. Please forgive my bias. The question for each of us should be, “Am I on the List that gets me to Heaven? (Baptism)

LIST OF ROMAN PONTIFFS http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/12272b.htm

Why is a list of the Roman Pontiffs so important for continuity with the time of the Apostles?

THE LIST OF SEVEN SACRAMENTS

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/ritual-books/index.cfm

What makes seven sacraments so special for the community of faith?

THE LIST OF SEVEN LITURGICAL PRAYERS OF THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgy-of-the-hours/index.cfm

When did these prayers become the official prayer of the Church? What role did St. Benedict play in promoting recitation of the Hours?

THE ROMAN CALENDAR OF SAINTS

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Roman_Calendar

http://www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/liturgical-calendar/upload/2019cal.pdf

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09128a.htm

Having such a list of people we venerate as having in them the mind of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5) tells us of the continuity of the Church from our time to apostolic times.

THE LIST OF MARTYRS

https://www.ecatholic2000.com/martyr/untitled-19.shtml

BUTLER’S LIVES OF THE SAINTS

https://www.ecatholic2000.com/martyr/untitled-19.shtml

LIST OF BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

http://www.usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/

Who made up these lists in the first place?

LISTS OF THE DESERT FATHERS AND THEIR STORIES AND SAYINGS https://christdesert.org/prayer/desert-fathers-stories/

LIST OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c1a8.htm https://fathersofmercy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Seven-Capital-Sins-Opposite-Corresponding-Virtues-and-Extremes.pdf

LIST OF THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

https://www.stjmod.com/7-gifts-of-the-holy-spirit.html

LIST OF STEPS FOR LECTIO DIVINA https://www.thereligionteacher.com/lectio-divina-steps/

LISTED IN THE BOOK OF LIFE

LIST OF TRADITIONS WITHIN THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSAL CHURCH

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/rite/

LIST OF DIOCESES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/la.html

LIST OF ALL BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSAL CHURCH

http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/la.html

LIST OF THE ROMAN CURIA (governance and structure) http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/country/xcur.html

LIST OF ALL THE CARDINALS OF THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSAL CHURCH http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/scardc3.html

LIST OF ALL LAY CISTERCIANS (International) https://cistercianfamily.org/lay-groups/

CISTERCIAN MONASTERIES (Not strict observance, Regular Order) https://www.cistercian.org/abbey/history/the-cistercian-order/beginnings.html

CISTERCIAN MONASTERIES (Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance– Trappist) https://www.ocso.org/monasteries/alphabetical-list/

LIST OF LAY INSTITUTES

https://secularinstitutes.org/ https://www.cmis-int.org/en/institutes/alphabetical-order/

LIST OF MUST READ CATHOLIC AUTHORS https://www.luc.edu/ccih/CatholicClassicsReadingList.shtml

LIST OF CORPORAL AND SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10198d.htm

If you are listless, check out one of these lists.

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