The truth is, I cannot tell a Catholic from a non-Christian. In fact-I have never met once, in my short life, a lay Catholic who was devoted to God and their faith. Yet I have met endless amounts of protestant Christians who live the teachings of Jesus with all their strength and mind. Catholic’s wear their Catholicism like a pin on the lapel of their worldy suit, the same suit everyone else is wearing. They put ashes on their heads and satan on their t-shirts. I don’t blame the laity for their exodus into warm bible-believing schisms. The Catholic Church in America has lost, in my opinion, the fire of Charity to teach the faith- too much dry obedience is handed on without conveying the depths of a living faith or charity to the children. Children learn from their parents that God is just a part of our worldy lives, an important part.
So I was raised catholic, aka worldy, and would have been lost forever in my sinful way of living, if not the pentecostals showed me how to love God with all my heart. As Vatican2 has said “The other Christian churches are doing an essential work for Christ, because, for many reasons, people will not accept anything, even Christ, from the Catholic Church, He is being brought to them through churches they are willing to listen to.”
My faith in Catholicism was non-existant as a protestant because of the hypocrisy of the Catholics I met who don’t know God. Thank God for our Catholic Apologists and theologians like Frank Sheed who brought me home. I wouldn’t be devout to my Catholicism today if I didn’t dig deep into the beauty. richness, and holiness of understanding my faith.
Catholic’s sacrifice the mass, not knowing they are, and go home to the world. Protestants leave worship and fellowship and go home to read their Bible and talk about God, endlessly seeking after God. They hound the ears of God until he answers them, they actually want God. Where is the fire of pentecost? I’ll tell you where it is, in the pentecostal sects. The Holy Spirit shows up there in power and heals the innerperson of the damage the world has done. Now, I have never been filled with the peace and presence of God more sweetly than in the Eucharist after a good confession.
Old Nuns with rulers are out. Be charismatic and speak out of love to the children we raise in the Faith. The face of the Church in America needs to change to attract the attention of the new generations while maintaining its holiness. The faith must be taught with the fire of charity. Teach the outside tradition but show our children by our example, our Faith.