Monday, 15 July 2013

A More Serious Tune

 Up to this point I’ve only spoken on a few Catholic points, devotions, and such, but I think now I should focus a bit more on what’s going on in the world and what’s going on in my head. I’ve stayed anonymous up until now, but let me now reveal a little more about myself to the reader that I’m just an obscure Catholic teenage girl, living in a fast-paced and changing world. Perhaps my past articles make Catholicism seem like an easy, nice and soft religion to follow, but the truth is, it takes heroic virtue to even be just a simple Catholic in these times. Agree? If you don’t, it’s probably because you’re thinking of another type of Catholic. Here, let me explain.

The first type of Catholics focuses mainly on being nice and not really speaking on differences, but just focusing on the sweet things as to not offend anyone. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Well yes and no. Catholics are definitely supposed to love their neighbor, but I don’t recall the saints ever worrying about offending the other person because they believed differently. Yes we must always respect people and love them, but there’s nothing wrong with speaking up! Once you stop speaking of differences, and focus solely on being nice and indifferent, you completely lose your identity. Catholics have lost their voice and what they stand for. So, who are they? And I don’t mean what are their likenesses to the other religions, what makes them different?

 The second type are those who believe firmly in doctrine and aren’t afraid to speak out on their differences when the necessity arrives. Catholics believe that the Catholic Church is the One, True, Holy, and Apostolic Church out of which there is no salvation, plain and simple. We believe that Jesus is God, we believe that His most Blessed Mother is the Co-Redemtrix. We believe that the Holy Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus, and that our mission is to repent of our sins, let the grace of God perfect our souls, and convert others to the truth. I don’t understand why this is so difficult for Catholics to say. What does it mean to be a Catholic? So you see, Catholics are terrified to speak up, to answer difficult questions, so they decide to blend in and follow the rest of the world.

 So here I am, here you are, and there’s the world. There comes a point in our lives when we have to decide, when we have to choose if we’ll go with the masses, or stand up for what we believe. And if the world hates us for it?  Look at John 15:18-19 “ If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” Our home isn’t here, it’s in Heaven! Don’t be afraid, be Catholic!

 But where do teens fit into this? The teenage world is looking bleak, with all the immorality, crime, drugs, depression, and even suicide. Why? Because at this age a person makes the decision of what they want to believe, and finding nothing in the world, and no voice to tell them the Truth, there really isn’t anything left. Therefore, if any teens are reading this, don’t be afraid to look for the Truth, it really is out there. Just think about it, if it wasn’t there, you wouldn’t be looking for it! And I know a lot is going on in the Church, but these times are critical in history. Where will you stand?

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