When we think about it, it really is a scary thing. We are not sure what do to, what to believe… Is the world right and everyone else wrong, or am I right and the world wrong?
Questions we have all had concerning our faith. Can the Catholic church be the one true faith? Did Jesus really start the Church with Peter (You are Peter,and upon this rock I will build my Church). And if it is so, then what about the rest of the people who are not Catholic?
I have very good family friends, that are not Catholic, do I believe they are not entering Heaven, no I do not believe that, nor does the Church. In her wisdom, the Church understand that some people, through no fault of their own, have not yet heard the truth. They do not yet know or understand that the Catholic Church is the one true faith. So how can we condemn them, and how would God, being a loving God, do the same. We don’t nor does God.
Being outside of the faith, they have an uphill battle, but it is not outside of the mercy of God to bring them home upon their death. Our job, as Catholic, are to try and bring them home, to the Catholic Church, why they are still walking the earth. We are to evangelize them. To show them the light, the way and the truth…
It’s a tall order, but that is what we are called to do. We are called by or baptism to do so. It is our obligation as Catholics to live our life true to the faith, and to show the way home (in to the Catholic Church) by example.
Hmmm, so does that mean not leaving mass early or actually going to mass and can I still use the middle finger as I leave the parking lot?
Being Catholic is the hardest thing we can do here on earth, because we are called to a code of ethics like no other. We are to be Christ to all we meet, not just on Sunday, but at all times! We are called to love everyone, but at the same-time we need hate the sin. Not only other peoples sins, but also our own.
We need to take inventory of our lives, and catalog our sins to offer them up to God along with asking for forgiveness. We are called to better our lives, and to grow closer to God. Our faith formation did not end at confirmation, but rather it just began. Our faith is an on going process, one that will not be completed until we are home with God.
We are called to live a life of the saints, who by the way are just everyday people. really read up on them and you will discover that some of the saints where not exactly perfect…
Living the life of example is hard, living the life of a Catholic is hard. So why do we do it?
In one word, EASTER!
If Jesus could suffer and die for us them raise from the dead, all so we can have a live if heaven, I really don’t think its asking to much of us to live a life of good over evil.
It’s hard being Catholic, so what, it’s hard doing most things that are worth something….
This Easter, remember that Christ has done more for us, then we could ever do for Him… So is it really that hard?