Gentle Reader: How many people have you encountered who are so tired, fed-up, disillusioned, disgusted by our current state of life in the United States that they've decided to just "sit it out"
"It" can be defined, vaguely, as "life" or getting involved in something besides the day to day necessities of YOUR life.
Some people these days appear to be so paralyzed with inertia and unable to act, or react to anything that does not personally impact their survival, that they've tuned out. They don't watch the news, they don't read the paper, when a subject that may demand a reaction comes up at work they change the subject.
If there were a pile of sand nearby, they'd have their heads in it. In lieu of a handy pile of sand they decide not to look any further than the nose on their own face.
I know this level of disinterest has always been with us but why does it seem so bad now?
Because the stakes are high. I'm not sure they've ever been this high.
I'm convinced that unless more people wake up soon we are going to be in serious trouble: as Catholics, as Christians, as a society of followers of Jesus Christ.
People will pick their battles. True. It's too overwhelming not too. However, too many of us are sitting out the battle raging on right now.
I'm talking about The Battle for the survival of the Teachings of Christ.
For too long now, too many who profess to be Christians only reaction is yawning when faced with the reality of what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Orissa, the Holy Land, Iraq, Buenos Aires, or China. Persecution. Violence. Death. Purging.
Then, there are the people who are active and involved and engaged but they are not always on the right side.
Ask these involved people what they think about the Dalai Lama being denied the right to return to his homeland or how Muslims are treated in France and they will go to the wall for them: or, at least, the United Nations. Send Richard Gere!!
Am I saying that how the Dalai Lama or Muslims may be wrongfully treated is a good thing? No. I'm asking: where's the outrage about our own people? Where's the fury that we are discouraged from talking about our Faith in public? Why are we afraid or ashamed to fight for our own Faith? Why is evangelization a bad word? Why is it ok that Christianity is declining or even outlawed in vast tracts of the world? Why is it unacceptable to even raise the death of Christianity as a matter of concern?
Is the only thing that came out of the ecumenical movement a public denial of our own beliefs? Go to the firing squad for the Quaker's right to practice peaceful speech, but shut up about prayer in a public venue! Include a Jewish Hannukkah song in the "Holiday" play but forget about the Roman Catholic one! Put Santa in the creche but not the Holy Family!
Oh, I'm so overwhelmed what can I do?!?
It's so simple. Well, not really, but what you need to do is already laid out for you!
Read the Scriptures, the Catechism
, the official documents of the Magisterium! Don't just READ IT! LIVE it, VOTE it, ACT on it!!!!
Embrace the whole package! Don't just read paragraph 1783 of the Catechism
and say: "cool, works for me" without reading the rest of the book. Don't just vote for the common good without understanding what that really means. Is it helpful to the common good if people can marry who are unable to continue the species without unnatural and sinful help? Is it helpful to the common good if your Grandma can be euthanized because she's a burden on society if she lives? Is it helpful to the common good if babies can be murdered in the womb?
Are we not beginning to realize that we have killed off the future of entire societies in the name of liberation (sexual, war or otherwise)? Ask the Japanese, the Italians, the French how confident they feel about the survival of their cultures these days.
Isn't common good sometimes not common at all, but selfish? It doesn't always have anything to do with community benefit but mine.
Many are hard-hearted. The minute I said: "It's all laid out for you". They shut down and mumbled "That's so old-school Catholicism" "We don't need to act like children anymore and let the Church tell us what to think"
It isn't. No one is holding a gun to your head. If you do not want listen to what the Church teaches, how much are you listening to Jesus? Are you muttering against Him too? I like this teaching of His, but this one is too hard, or too much, or too unbelievable, so I'll believe this but not that.
That is not belief. That is scepticism.
One day someone may really hold a gun to your head and say: "Believe this or die" No one may be holding a gun to your head now but, if you fail to live with your whole being what you profess to believe with your lips, you will surely die.