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Friday, September 7, 2012
Have you ever felt the need to defend your Catholic faith? Yesterday I was invited by my friend to attend a bible study at her church. She is Presbyterian.
After singing and praising God we broke up into small discussion groups. I was talking to someone beside me when I over hear some talk about Catholic schools. So I eavesdrop.
The gist of the conversation was my friend saying her nieces didn't believe in God because of their Catholic upbringing and schooling. The other two woman agreed and one even stated there are people who say "I am a recovering Catholic".
Instead of speaking up, I tried not to cry and passed when it was my time to share. Afterwards my friend could tell I was upset and asked me what was wrong. I start to cry. Why do my emotions always deceive me?! Then I fessed up. She truly felt bad and apologized.
However I know she has some negative feelings about the Catholic church. As do a lot of people.
My problem is I take it very personally. I feel this need to come to the churches defense. But lets face it the church has survived for over two thousand years without my help.
There have been many scandals throughout the years and yet the Holy Church has persevered. Why? Because God is always the center. He is our rock and refuge. Evil will try to penetrate were it can. And the church is run by man, who is fallible. God is not.
Jesus said to Peter- "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matt. 16: 18.
The churches survival reminds me of the parable about the seed sower in Matthew 13: 3-8,
“Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."
My actions will speak volumes, not necessarily my words. Basically all I need to do is stay strong in my faith, pray daily, and turn my will and my life over to the care of God. Everything else will take care of itself.