Being Catholic is Hard Work

10-07-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

Hey. I get it. Being Catholic is hard work. Most churches don’t ask their members to believe God wants to turn bread and wine into His Body and Blood. Most churches no longer teach that true faith cannot be separated from actions that reveal the faith. Most churches don’t have two thousand years of history to be both proud and ashamed of. Most churches see guilt as a bad thing, instead of the natural consequence of sin. Most churches have decided divorce is unfortunate but acceptable. (Please read more on this at the end.)

The Church doesn’t bend to our culture, or our whims. This doesn’t mean it is cruel or uncaring. Our Church teaches that Jesus wasn’t a martyr, but the Sacrifice for us all! Our Church teaches that true love cannot be contained and is revealed through our actions! Our Church has a track record of God carrying us when we fall down! Our Church stands for Truth, even when it is unpopular and tells us we are better than the sin we sometimes swim in! Our Church tells us that no man has the power to destroy what God has done!

The Catholic Church is beautiful. This is best revealed in Her Saints. If anyone attacks the Faith, they are probably attacking it based on the actions of someone who didn’t live it. I don’t take twenty Tylenol and complain when it gives me a stomach ache. And no one should look at what I’ve down and determine Tylenol doesn’t work. If you want to judge Catholicism, judge it by examining the lives of Saint Mother Teresa who served the poorest of the poor and Saint Damien who served lepers until he contracted the fatal disease himself.

One more thing NEEDS to be pointed out in regards to divorce: the Church acknowledges some people entered into what they thought was a sacramental marriage, but their spouse was either abusive or abandoned them. If this is you, have zero shame. If this is you, the Catechism of our Church states plainly in paragraph 2386, you have “not contravened the moral law. There is a considerable difference between a spouse who has sincerely tried to be faithful to the sacrament of marriage and is unjustly abandoned, and one who through his own grave fault destroys a canonically valid marriage.” I am sorry for what you’ve endured and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing.

Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org.

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