The Job of the Catholic Faithful
As the Catholic faithful, I hope we all know that we have a job to do. Correction: we have jobs to do. Of course, we should be going to Mass and we should stay active in the lives of our local parishes. Those are the things we automatically think of. I want to propose a couple of other things here, though.
We should pray for the Church unceasingly. Her leaders, her clergy, her faithful…all need and depend on our constant prayers. Too often, we forget this fundamental, basic job that we undertake by professing to be Catholics. This is the building block, though. The Church is desperately in need of our prayers.
Why is it that so many of us forget our call to ministry? Guys, the clergy can’t do this alone! WE need to be teachers, parents, ministers of God’s love. WE are called to do this, to go out into the world and live our lives as Catholics. Some of us are called to special ministries. Maybe you’re a catechist. Maybe you volunteer to pray at the abortion clinic in your town. Maybe you ask people if they have any intentions you can be praying for. Maybe you work in youth ministry. Maybe you answer questions about the Catholic faith. Whatever you’re called to do, do it! The Church depends on an active laity, and we fall short sometimes. Don’t be afraid to step out and use the gifts God has given you! Just as it takes all kinds to make the world go round, it takes all kinds for the Church to reach out to the world. Be part of it.
3) THINK AND ASK QUESTIONS
This, in my opinion, is the area in which we are most seriously lacking. I’ll try to put this in a way that won’t make me sound like a crazy theological liberal, but that might be hard. You guys, Rome doesn’t always get it right. (Hold on. I’m not a heretic, I promise.) What I mean to say is, we should be thinking Catholics. Don’t just accept whatever comes out of the Vatican like it’s Gospel! Test it. Think about it. If you find sufficient reason for concern, bring those questions to your priest or even to your bishop. The Church needs us to be involved this way. We aren’t supposed to be silent, y’all. We aren’t supposed to be sheep who follow blindly. We are supposed to support and love the Church, and part of that means that we need to be ready and willing to see where she could improve and where she desperately needs to step back and re-evaluate.
The topic I posted about the other day is a great example of this. I’m not talking about dogma here, you guys. I’m talking about statements and documents that come from the Vatican or Church offices. The one I posted about had to do with not allowing gay men to become priests. I’ll say it right now–I think that’s a bad call. I can’t see any reason for this idea to stand, and I don’t think it’s right. I would LOVE to see the Church re-evaluate this question, along with several others. Things like that need to be thought through and, if necessary, brought to the attention of Church officials.
WE are the Church, you guys. The Holy Spirit can (and does) speak through us. If we are too afraid to speak up and question when things are going wrong, where does that leave the Church? Sometimes we need to rock the boat a little bit. Questions are healthy, and they don’t make you a bad Catholic. They make you a concerned Catholic who loves the Church enough to bring questions and problems to her attention.
There are Catholics who want to accept whatever happens, and there are Catholics who want to wrestle with the Church occasionally. Which one are you gonna be?
Posted on June 1, 2013, in Apologetics, Reflections and tagged am i a bad catholic, asking questions, can the catholic faithful ask questions, catholic, Catholic Church, catholic faithful, catholic jobs, catholic questions, importance of asking questions, job of the catholic faithful. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.