In the previous article, we saw that evangelization or the sharing of our Christian faith is the primary mission and vocation of all baptized Catholics. Now, let us sincerely examine ourselves in this first of three articles in the #RealTalk series.
Do we use our compass?
Ancient travelers who didn’t have a map while traveling still reached their destination since they had a compass that pointed them in the right direction. Even if terrains had changed and their maps got outdated, their compass was still useful since the north will remain north.
In a similar way, our Catholic faith anchors us on unchanging truths about God, man, and our eternal destination. However, it is a sad reality here in the Philippines that not many Catholics are knowledgeable about those truths – the teachings of the Faith (the compass).
Many are lost because times and terrains have changed, but we Catholics still don’t know how to use our compass to find the true north. Many others would even throw the compass away by leaving the Church.
Do we know why the Church is not in favor of divorce? What about same-sex marriage and other moral issues of our time?
Do we honestly try to understand the wisdom behind those teachings? Or do we just dismiss the Church as an irrelevant artifact?
Are we just going through the motions?
Many Filipinos have memorized their inherited pious traditions but many tend to simply go with the motion. I used to be like that before I became a Protestant. I left the Church before because I didn’t really understand it.
That should not be the case, the Catholic faith is so rich and beautiful that one who does not honestly examine the truths it is proclaiming is clearly missing a lot – his salvation can even be at stake!
Our Lord doesn’t want us to just go with the flow and be passive practitioners of our faith. We must understand what we believe in as Catholics so that we can clearly explain and defend it. As St. Josemaria Escriva said, “Ours should be the piety of children and the sure doctrine of theologians.”
We cannot give what we do not have. Evangelization needs formation.
Time for sincerity
Let us be honest with ourselves and ask the following:
- How well do I really know our faith? Do I seek to understand our traditions in the light of the Scriptures and the teachings of the Church?
- Do I read the life of our Lord in the Gospels?
- Do I read articles that could enlighten me on the issues about our Faith today?
- Have I ever read the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
- Do I ask our priest or a spiritual mentor for practical tips on how I can grow deeper in my Catholic Christian faith?
A New Year’s Resolution
Let us not be “prophets of doom” who think that the Catholic Church is beyond hope. As we honestly examine ourselves and see our deficiencies in fulfilling our divine call to evangelize, we can take advantage of the upcoming year to begin again.
In the next articles of this series, we will discuss other practical tips for us to know more about our faith so we can explain it clearly without being preachy.
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