Authentically Catholic

Christ was offensive during His time here on earth. And as His original Church, for us to be truly Catholic, we must also risk being offensive.

More often than not, I come across 'nit picky' Catholics who will say, "I don't agree with the Church teaching on __________ because __________", whether that be on the teachings of abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, celibacy and the priesthood, women priests, etc. What they fail to realize, though, is that in that moment what they are really saying is that they don't agree with the Truths of Christ. The Church teachings have been the same since it's beginning and are founded on the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit. One beautiful thing about our Church (that I love) is that its truths never change (and the authentic Church of Christ never will).

If we want to be authentically Catholic, we must surpass our fear of being offensive to others. We live in times in which the majority of people have fed into the lies of the devil; the devil whom has twisted truth and beauty into appearing as lies and has made lies appear as beautiful and true.

As the Venerable Fulton Sheen once said, “Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.” A great way for us to navigate through knowing right from wrong is through the moral compass of the Catholic Church. For some, these moral truths may be a hard pill to swallow, but with a bit of humility and prayer, one will uncover the beauty and goodness of the Catholic faith and her teachings.

And so, sisters, next time you feel judged or persecuted for being authentically Catholic, be encouraged! Christ is right by your side and He knows best how you feel. Know that you do not walk alone and that your suffering for the faith here on earth will one day be redeemed for a crown in heaven.

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