When I was a kid one of my favorite toys to play with at one time was Silly Putty. This was a polymer compound accidentally created in the attempt to make synthetic rubber. This putty could be both molded and bounced and if you placed it on something like newsprint it would absorb the ink and make a copy of it. I found it especially fun to place it on comics and to see the colorful image replicated.
In my rather strange mind I got to thinking about Silly Putty and the spiritual life. That we should all become more like one aspect of silly putty. That when it comes to Christ’s Church that we should submit before it and absorb a true image of it. More often we are like rubber stamps. We have hardened ridges etched in by our society and our personal preferences and dispositions. We are more likely to try to stamp the Church with our image then to let the Holy Spirit stamp us with his. We are more formed by modernism than scripture and tradition. Too often we hear about a teaching of the faith that it is out-of-date and needs to be updated to reflect modern sensibilities. Our pride is a barrier to being docile to the Holy Spirit.
If Silly Putty is not placed back in its container it will dry out and will no longer absorb ink. We also must work so that we are not hardened. That we continue to grow in prayer and understanding. That we mold ourselves to that narrow way that leads to life itself. Sometimes at the beginning we absorb a true image of Christ and his Church, but like Silly Putty we start to pull at the edges and the image becomes distorted like in a fun house mirror. This is why a daily examination of our informed conscience is so important. That we compare our actions to the faith that was passed down and not some amalgam of our own invention.
Well I warned you this was a silly reflection. Now I wonder, was Veronica’s veil made of Silly Putty?