Living an OT (off topic) Faith
I so appreciate all the yahoogroups that exist for Catholic homeschoolers and I am on many of them. Such wisdom is shared, from the most generous and helpful women. Quite often, however, there are concerns voiced about what is OT - off topic. It's a tough political time for Catholics and that got me thinking about living an OT faith.
For those that believe Obama's pro abortion policies can be ignored in support of him and who call themselves Catholic, I must find a way to hate the "sin" and not the sinner....like Jesus. I must remember my own journey, my own sin and respond with commitment to my faith, but not hostility to their hypocrisy. Abortion is NOT Catholic teaching but neither is unkindness. I need to speak the truth in charity. But I do need to speak, and not be silent....
The Church has consistently taught that abortion is the greatest evil. We must stand against it and remember that Christ said he would spit the lukewarm out. http://bible.cc/revelation/3-16.htm It would seem that God wants us to NOT be lukewarm or passive in our dissent from policies that support abortion and, in general, go against Catholic teaching. Some might call this a political not educational issue, but it is a FAITH issue...a core of humanity issue. We are a faith that professes that God is the creator of LIFE, from natural conception to natural death.
Should abortion politics be OT in Catholic education? No. You can not remove the teachings of the Catholic faith from Catholic education. The greatest and longest lasting, most permanent education we can give our children is the Catholic faith. I believe it will be the only one that will matter to God and our eternity. Mercy and woe to those who misrepresent it.....
Further, we are not called to be comfortable and safe in our faith. Rather, we are called to pick up our cross and carry it. http://bible.cc/matthew/16-24.htm Speaking out about anti-Catholic teaching is not comfortable or safe today and people want to hide from it and be non-confrontational. We have sold out to moral relevatism the Pope has warned about. But.....
Aren't I supposed to ask myself how far I would go for Him, what I wouldn't do for Him?
How radical is radical enough for Christ?
What Christ said AND DID was so confrontational they nailed Him to a cross and killed Him!
In love and charity, but with courage and commitment, I need to do more about the path our world is heading, not less. Is OT a cop out? Does it support the cop-out that someone else, some politico will take care of that for me...I can't make a difference? How does God see that effort (or lack of) on my part. Is it more sloth to add to my confession?
Maybe there are others out there, like me, who need to discern what sacrifices we are making to our own will and comfort? Am I too busy to read, discuss, meditate on issues paramount to the Catholic faith? Am I too comfortable to be distracted with "the good fight?"
Is compartmentalizing the "OT topics" of life concerning Catholic teaching really the best way to live out my faith?
Does it make me uncomfortable AND am I too concerned with my own feelings? Are we all too easily offended and missing that God is offended???? Is my faith about comfort and feelings? What about dying to self?
My priest tells me that when I seek my own comfort and expect it, I miss the opportunity to offer up my suffering...LIKE CHRIST did....The Way, The Truth and The Life. Self denial is a characteristic of saints and aren't I called to be a saint?
Isn't sainthood the ONLY way I am going to get into heaven...the purpose of my life?
When we pray the mysteries of the Joyful Rosary, in the 4th decade we are led to the mystery and lesson in the Presentation. Mary, our mother, was faithful to the teachings of her faith and followed them....may we be so faithful to the Magisterium.
May we have Our Lady's courage and the help of the saints who suffered.
God, perhaps through these exact conversations, keeps leading me to think about these issues. Thank you for bearing with me as I do so.
My opinion, as one who struggles to do more for Him, is to embrace the uncomfortable and so I should complain less, right? Pray for me. :)