Have you ever asked yourself why you’re a Catholic? Have you ever asked yourself why you go to a particular church and read a specific book? Have you ever wondered who Jesus truly is in terms of your actual practical life?
I’m not talking about what other people say about Jesus. I’m not talking about what other people think about the Roman Catholic Church. I’m not talking about the obligations you feel you may have towards a certain group of people and I am, of course¸ referring to your family.
I’m talking about something bigger. I’m talking about something real. I’m talking about you.
You have to understand that the vast majority of people tend to go through their lives on autopilot. They tend to pick up all sorts of labels and all sorts of tags and somehow someway, they think that these labels in and of themselves have power.
This is a mistake because you don’t want to live your life in a brainless and automatic way only to discover later that you’ve given yourself an empty bag to hold on to. Talk about a wasted life. Talk about a string of wasted opportunities.
Life is so much more than that, and this is why we cannot take our faith casually.
Sadly, this is exactly the case with too many people. They think that their faith is just simply a label. Either you’re a Catholic, a Presbyterian, a Baptist, a Seventh-Day Adventist, a Mormon. It doesn’t really matter. It’s just faith. It’s only one part of who you are. It governs at best one day out of seven days, and it’s not even a full day.
It’s too easy to look at our spiritual life and simply define it in such a way that we can put it on a shelf somewhere, and if it makes sense to us, or if you feel comfortable enough or if we think that we have sufficient time, we can then take that part of ourselves, look it over and subsequently put it back in the shelf.
That’s exactly the kind of “faith” people have. This is why a lot of people crumble when they’re faced with obstacles. Believe me there are lots of obstacles that you’re going to be facing out there as a young adult Catholic.
There will be many people who doubt the church. There will be many people who second-guess the Pope. There will be many people who are insulted by the Articles of Faith of our religion.
This becomes personal because what are you going to do about it? This is why it’s very important for you to step up to your faith and unwrap it. I consider it like some sort of package that was passed on from generation to generation.
Unfortunately, most people within those generations didn’t even bother to open the box because if you did, you’d see how rich it is. You’d see when you rifle through the different things inside that they all resonate, that they all are recordings of the human experience, and this all leads to the divine. You can’t help but feel connected. You can’t help but feel refreshed.
However, you have to open the box. You have to make your faith personal. It has to make sense to you. Otherwise, you’re just going to be passing the box from one generation to the next, and it’s only a matter of time when people refuse to accept the box. So, do yourself a big favor. Make it real in your life.