A Faith Worth Dying For, part II

As the New Year begins I think about all of those who gave their lives for the faith this past year. People are still being persecuted today for their faith. In countries like India and Egypt Christians were attacked in church. We have been persecuted in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and even parts of the Philippines. You risk your life just to go to mass.
Why? Why are people willing to risk their lives for the faith? Why not just convert to Islam or whatever? What do they know that we are missing? Each weekend an average of 31% of American Catholics go to mass and so many of them go late and leave early. We act more like we are punching a time clock or getting a ticket punched rather than worshipping the God who created the Universe? Why?
What do they know that we don’t? What is it about our faith that makes people willing to give up their careers, homes, businesses and move to another country rather than give up their faith? Why are they willing to sacrifice everything for their faith?
We need to find out. We need this year to take a good look at our selves and our faith to see if we can discover the priceless treasure we’ve been missing. We need to take the time to really look at what our faith is really about, a relationship with a loving God who passionately longs to have us with Him for all Eternity, the God who gave us Himself in the Eucharist so we don’t have to wait for heaven to know Him; the God who ardently longs to bless us, the God who gave His life for us on Calvary.
We have a faith worth dying for. Millions across the years have given their lives rather than abandon their faith. Even today people are willing to die for their faith. How important is your faith to you?

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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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