The Annotated Catechism for Autistic Thinking
Neglect in any relationship results in growing apart, loss of familiarity, loss of comfort, and loss of trust. These things can all be gained and rebuilt again, but if continuously neglected, the gap becomes greater and greater, eventually creating unfamiliarity, discomfort and distrust.
As we go further, we realize that, if God created us and is present in all creation, it is not possible for Him to be unfamiliar, uncomfortable or distrustful with us. It rests entirely on our shoulders to remember Him.
Following the spectrum described above, neglect can range from gradually, even accidentally forgetting God to deliberately turning away. The effect is the same, regardless: loss of spiritual connection and purpose.
Plenty. For starters, waking up in the morning gets harder and harder. People around us get more and more tedious. Tasks feel fruitless.
This sounds a lot like depression, but is it the same thing? We know that depression is caused by biochemical imbalance resulting from many different contributing factors, sometimes spontaneously and sometimes from depletion due to chronic distressing. But in both cases, imbalance results because our bodies are not designed to live like this. It is just as untrue to say that all depression is spiritually caused as it is to think that spiritual unrest can’t happen in perfectly healthy bodies. Body and soul work together for the same purpose, like harmonious melodies in the same composition. So, it is fair to say that a loss of spiritual connection and purpose results in hardship on both body and soul.
This might just be enough to say that neglect of the soul is not a good thing. The Baltimore Catechism goes us one step further: it says that chronic neglect puts us at risk of losing our soul forever. This, again, would be the result of our failure to cultivate and maintain that connection to God. He relies on us to stay connected with Him in our lifetime so that we will want to see Him face to face in the next. If we grow unfamiliar, uncomfortable and distrustful now, we’re definitely going to shrink away from any idea of spending eternity with Him.
in Himself… then… where?
In losing our soul, we lose God and everlasting happiness.
That remains unknown.
We can’t know where we will be.
In other words, our soul will be lost.
May the power of Divine Love shine in and through my weakness, so that He might be glorified in and through me, and that in my weakness, His power may reach perfection. Through Christ Our Lord, AMEN.
Fr. Mark P. Nolette - Spiritual Director for the Mission of Saint Thorlak