A week or two ago we posted an essay by our friend Jim Marks and it got a good bit of attention. On his own blog Jim posted a reply to one of the comments left on Tourniquet and I thought it was a really great response and wanted to make sure you guys had a chance to read it, so here is a quote from his post and a link to the rest of the post. As always thanks so much for reading and discussing all these topics with us!
All we are free to do, in our sinful state, is repent. To turn our orientation back to God. We are capable of nothing else. We fall down, we get up, we keep running. We fall down, we get up, we keep running. Through God’s grace in us over time we fall down less and less often. We find getting up easier and easier to do. We run more fleet footed and with ever less effort.
But we cannot run as God’s champion, his saint, until He has cleansed us from the inside out. And that cannot happen until after we become a part of His Church and receive the Sacraments.