Did you know that even I have a hard time standing up for my faith all the time? People have said “The Catholic Church needs to come into the 20
century”! Or “The Church needs to listen to societal norms!” I get discouraged and frustrated in the midst of so much negativity in a society where relativism is the norm. “If it’s relative to me, ok, if it’s not relative to you, that’s ok too!” is the normal thinking in society. I have heard women say, “I don’t believe in abortion for myself, but it’s ok for someone else!” WHAT? If you don’t think its ok, why is it ok for others? It’s like saying, “Oh, you’re a pedophile? Well, that’s fine for you, but I wouldn’t do it!” Seriously? I will admit, it appears easier to accept societal norms than to stand up for your faith. But as someone once said, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” Faith demands a lot of us. Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20, “and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” In a world where the Church’s teachings on contraception, the death penalty and marriage are not the ways of the world, it can be difficult to defend our faith. But our faith asks us to submit to God, and not the ways of the world. We have to know exactly what the Catechism of the Church tells us in order to defend the Church’s position on these and other issues. The USCCB Catechism is very easy to read and its explanations are wonderful, I use it in my RCIA classes. Also, we come together as a community to support each other in our faith. Our faith and our involvement in our community strengthens us, uplifts us and ultimately transforms us. If we are not educated in these issues, if we are not part of a Church community, then like a branch cut off from a vine, we will wither and die. The first “Friday Night at the Movies” that was offered saw 21 people in attendance! For me, that was incredibly uplifting and strengthening! The people who attend the Wednesday night Adult Education sessions uplift me and strengthen my faith! A life of faith is meant to produce a life that is ordered according to God’s truth and plan of love for us. It’s simple, but it isn’t easy! Submitting to God’s will for our lives is a simple thing to do, but believe me, it isn’t easy! When faced with questions about the authenticity of the Bible, or when someone says Jesus was a myth, I am armed with facts, but sometimes even that isn’t enough, and that’s when I get frustrated and discouraged. If we are to continue as a Church, we need the tools to defend our faith. And we all need to do it! Catechesis is not something that just priests and pastoral ministers should do, it is up to all of us to spread the Good News! If you are not sure where to go on the Internet, or need some instruction, or you just want a book or two to read, let me know! I would be happy to provide you with that information
! We need to encourage each other in our faith and good works! Join me for a Wednesday evening Adult Education session, or come to one of the next “Friday Night at the Movies!” It would be great to see you there!
See you soon!