"Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." -Ephesians 5:14-17
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Wednesday Quick Thought: Be Catholic!
I don't want to start off with a downer after a couple of weeks away, but last Friday's episode of the Vortex reminded me of a stark reality that's so easy to forget when I get into a spiritual and physical "comfort zone." By all indicators, Western civilization, the society founded upon centuries of Christendom, is coming apart at the seams. Even more than that, it seems as though the very foundations are crumbling, precisely because we have turned our back on God, and it is as though we are headed into another dark ages. Even Pope Benedict highlighted the stark reality in his Christmas address to the Roman Curia last year.
So what are we to do about it? The short answer is...
Live as Jesus Christ has called us to live. Be willing to stand up for what you believe and, more importantly, the Truth Incarnate as he has revealed himself to us in the Church. We do not know where this will lead in terms of history, but we are beloved children of an infinitely loving Father and brothers and sisters given assurance of eternal joy beyond imagining by our Divine King and Brother. We live with the sure knowledge that "everything works together for good for those who love the Lord" (Romans 8:28), and have received the explicit command to "Be Not Afraid" (cf Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 14:27).