Friday, 12 December 2014

Can Religion Co-exist with Culture?

There is a new tendency going around, especially in the youth, that promotes the idea that our Catholic religion should be completely separate from our modern culture. For example, a girl will go to Mass on Sundays, wear skirts around her traditional friends, and claim to live a good life, but as soon as she’s home, she cranks the heavy metal music, puts shorts on, and becomes a completely different person. This double world is a danger to a lot of people, because they only want to be Catholic when it feels nice, then put away their religion in a box for the rest of the time.

But can culture co-exist with religion? Can we actually live one life that is Catholic through and through? Of course! We mustn’t think being Catholic is a burden that no one should know about, rather it should uplift everything in our lives. Without religion in our culture, we will never really be satisfied. It is in our soul to desire the infinite good, the unending love, the unlimited happiness of God. But how are we ever to be satisfied if we seek this in limited worldly pleasures? We must learn to stand up and be proud of our Faith - it’s the only way to be really happy.

You see, our modern western world has made us pitifully soft. The world tells us to conform to what everyone else is doing, and not put up any opposition when it comes to other people’s lives. Unfortunately for them, this is exactly what Catholicism is, putting up opposition to the world. And why would you want to lower yourself down to someone of the world anyway? Why would you want to never be happy, never be satisfied, and never find the immeasurable love that you’re searching for?


Therefore, let us try not to live double lives, but conform every moment to our Faith. Let every step of our spiritual journey be followed with every step of our culture. Our culture shouldn’t separate our hearts and make us hypocrites, rather it should help lead us to Paradise. And never forget, that just because we are Catholic, it doesn’t mean our lives have to be boring. In fact, we as Catholics should have the most amazing, adventurous lives out of everyone in the world.