“The Church’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy” by Trista at Not a Minx, a Moron, or a Parasite
Oooo scandalous. The Bright Maidens are going to share their issues with the Catholic Church! If you were hoping for a crew of young women calling for female priests, contraception (if this is you’re guess, please read this), or a revolt on the Holy See, you will be disappointed.
Though we have some eyes to roll and some heads to shake at the several times in Church history, we contend that Christ founded the Catholic Church and the Holy Spirit has been her unfettering guide. We’re the Bright Maidens because we’re not what the secular world expects of young women who grew up in the Catholic Church.
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Is this the right question to ask? Many parents run down the concrete answers to this question like it’s a honey-do checklist. Baptism, religious education, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, *ding* Catholic microwave says you’re done!
Rather than determining how to bring their families closer to God, they go through the motions. Perhaps these parents don’t understand the teachings or they disagree with them, but they want to give their children structure and checklists. I’m sure some worry about suffering the all-consuming condemnation from their own parents or in-laws if they neglect the checklist.
It would be a smaller travesty if their apathy and unwillingness to research and ask questions about the faith only affected their children. However, these parents are mixed in with all parents and assigned to elementary, middle, and high school religious education classrooms.
The parish plops a little “Ask Me Anything” button on their chest and identifies them as the authority in the classroom of eager children following their Holy Spirit-guided noses. Apathetic teachers, volunteers, or parishioners teach children by example and those who answer questions incorrectly misinform entire generations.
Until about three years ago, I thought my faith was just for me. I was meant to bundle up, tie a polar bear coat around it, and pray quietly in an igloo, holding my knees to my chest.
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Saying “Praise God” when I felt the urge would brand me a Protestant Jesus freak. Rebutting an insult on the faith with anything more involved than, “It’s okay that you believe what you believe and I believe what I believe. We’re both right to us,” would be over the top and somehow non-Catholic.
Somewhere along the way, Catholics started keeping the zeal for Christ to themselves. The darkness in that cave seems to dissolve any zeal left over from childhood.
We forgot it needs to be in the light and breathe. We’re called to bring it to light and pass it around. In forgetting this, we created more of the apathetic parents who teach their practices.
Queue the battle drums call for more involved grassroots efforts in our parishes! We need to make sure kids know this is what it means to be Catholic.
Many parents are busy and can say they have too much taking up their time to learn the answers to the questions they never asked.
“In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men… All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics. Oh! if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands? The answer would not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be levelled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries.” —Pope St. Pius X, Discourse at the Beatification of St. Joan of Arc, Dec. 13, 1908
Take the time. Catch yourself on FIRE so you can show the Church’s children how to be on FIRE for Jesus. We make up the Church He founded!