Faith of Our Fathers

This morning’s song at mass, A Living Faith (Faith of our Fathers), made me think. We have a faith that has endured for almost 2000 years. It has survived persecution by the Romans, attacks by the Pagan tribes that invaded Europe, the Islamic attempt to conquer Europe, the Reformation and persecutions in France, Spain, England, Mexico, Korea, Vietnam and Japan to name a few places. Our faith has survived Communism. Despite the martyrdom of hundreds of thousands we have remained true to the teaching of Jesus.
We have such an awesome faith. When we kneel or stand at the Consecration of the mass we join Mary herself, St. Peter, St Patrick, Joan of Arc, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Elizabeth Seton and all those in our family who have gone before us in worshipping the Lord. We are privileged to be part of the Communion of Saints and part of a Church built on eternal not popular values. We belong to the one Church created by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Our Church is accountable to Jesus Christ not the masses. It is God’s Church not a social club. Our doctrines are shaped by the Holy Spirit not opinion polls.
We’ve been given such tremendous gifts in the Sacraments especially the Eucharist. We are challenged as St Augustine said to become what we receive. Each time we receive Jesus we should become a little more like Jesus, humble, more loving, forgiving but also more obedient.
We have to remember Jesus was obedient unto death. His prayer in the Garden was “Thy will be done”. He is our model of what it means to be Catholic. We are called to love others as ourselves, to judge not lest we be judged as to forgive others as we want God to forgive us. We are also called to be obedient to the Church teachings.
Our faith has been passed down generation after generation for almost 2000 years. We are not free to just change it for the sake of convenience or political correctness. We cannot redefine for ourselves the teachings of the Church and call ourselves good Catholics. If we take it upon ourselves like Henry VIII or Martin Luther to reject certain teachings of our Church we aren’t practicing the same faith that St. Dominic preached. We aren’t following the faith that Mother Theresa followed. We aren’t following the faith that the martyrs gave their lives for. We aren’t in communion with the saints in heaven or the Church on earth. What we are doing is denying our faith and the Church Christ set up.
We have a faith worth dying for, one that hundreds of thousands have died for. We should be defending our Church and faith. Now is the time to stand up for our faith not abandoning it. There can be no such thing as a pro abort Catholic or a Catholic for choice. That isn’t what it means to be Catholic. Rejecting or denying part of our faith means we reject the faith.
We are once again a Church under attack and persecution. Make no mistake about it. We are under attack because we stand against those who exploit women for profit, abortionists and pornographers. We are under attack because we stand for what is right rather than an anything goes philosophy. We are under attack because we believe and teach that God is real and calls us to be better than the world around us. Like the Roman martyrs we refuse to worship the false gods of modern society.
It is time for our generation to stand up for our God and our faith. Like those before us we must be willing to make sacrifices rather than deny our faith.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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