The first things that comes to mind when thinking about what many Catholics lack is conviction. As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, it is “the feeling of being sure that what you believe or say is true”. Instead, many Catholics are joining in on the ranks of others in the world who believe in same-sex marriage, birth control, abortion, etc.
We as Catholics have a duty to stand fast to the teachings of the Catholic Church. For 2016 years the core teachings of the Church has stayed the same. Has there been difficult times throughout the Churches history? Yes! However, since Catholicism is the one true Christian religion it will always be attacked and those who are weak will easily be influenced by evil to ruin the very Church that Jesus started.
Marriage is the unity of love, two souls coming together to create new life from their love with Gods intervention. Birth control does not allow the life to be created, which turns the act of love merely into an earthly pleasure. Catholics do not believe in birth control because it completely kills the chance of new life. Which leads next to what should be taught, abstinence! Sex before marriage is a sin and that will always be the case. If as Catholics we accept the use of birth control as a method to stopping life, then you are a heretic. Sound kind of harsh? Good, it is the truth. That is what needs to be said. When we do not look at the beauty of creation of life, then we are quick to look for a means of “getting rid” of it – through abortion. That is today’s society, so quick to not think before doing something and doing it only to gain pleasure – whether it is with sex, alcohol, stealing, drugs, addiction to technology, etc. Then not facing up to the consequences that come because of those behaviors, instead looking for a way out. Murder through the unborn baby has become an acceptable solution to choices that another person made.
Gay marriage is another “hot topic” which Catholics are divided upon. Marriage is the unity between a man and a woman because out of that love new life is created. When we turn marriage into a politically and socially motivated issue then the beauty behind it is lost. For 2016 years, the Catholic church has taught that practicing and having homosexual thoughts is a sin.
We as Catholics should be the first to speak out against these issues. We are here to attain the ability to spend eternity with our Lord. We are here to live in the world to bring others to Christ, not to live of the world. The more Catholics don’t speak out against these issues, or worse they take the side of the world (such as with gay marriage, abortion, birth control, etc.) – they are siding with the devil. There is no way to skirt around the issue and I am not going to sit by and watch others following the world blindly.
We live in a world guided by evil because we have dismissed the idea of evil. Our society is one of doing anything that brings pleasure while trashing those who stand for the truth of Christ. Vatican II ushered in a new era, one that will see spiritual demise of many Catholics simply because they have lost the respect that is Catholicism. We are not a kumbaya religion that teaches only love but also the importance of repentance. As Jesus Christ Himself says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Help me to stay true to the Catholic teachings,
To spread Your word wherever I go.
To stand strong against those who have become too of the world,
To steer them back to the path of truth.
I am a humble servant of You Lord and I wish live my life for You,
Even if that means getting attacked for Your glory.