What I’ve experienced myself and watching adults while growing up, was far more effort being given toward living out what the Church teaches. Both Detroit newspapers would run beautiful articles about Christmas every year. Even one of the local radio channels would sing: “Merry Christmas from CKLW.”
During the 1990s, I was driving past a Christian church, but I’m not sure if it was Catholic, and I saw this sign:
“CH_RCH” “The only thing missing is U.”
Today, Catholic communities and even a sense of community have all but disappeared in larger, urban areas. An hour in Church and then trying to live out all the things Catholics should do, daily, is difficult. Turn on the radio, turn on the TV or go to the movies and you’re exposed to a lot of bad ideas and the acting out of really bad behaviors. And it keeps getting worse and worse. More profanity, more partial nudity, more unmarried people having sex – with no consequences. What are your friends and coworkers doing and talking about? The Walking Dead? Now, those are images I don’t want in my head but I watched it to get a sense of what was going on. Graphic killing, a skull being smashed against the side of a boxcar. Where are the action figures for that? I can’t watch it anymore. It’s disgusting.
And where is the respect for others? Do you even know your neighbors? I wouldn’t blame you for being cautious. My idea of a “fun” weekend is not drinking and watching porn or doing the things “a guy my age should be doing.” I’ve found other things to do that lessen the impact of what is “popular” today. If “America” is doing it, odds are, I’m not. Sure, I get tempted but daily prayer is a big help. A real help.
And we need Catholic communities and groups again. In the front of my Church were banners for the various religious groups associated with my parish. Easter Mass was a big deal. We carried potted lilies while the pastor led a procession and altar boys held a canopy over his head while others swung containers of incense. It was beautiful.
In the 1960s, the Federal Government told us we should be “proud of our Judeo/Christian Heritage.” Where do you hear that today? It’s true. Led by the media, the Body of Christ in the West was gradually, slowly poisoned as the volume was turned up to get us used to a little bad then a little more and a little more until today. Realize this, my friends. Fill your hearts and minds with the Truth. Meditate on it daily.
New International Version
but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.
New Living Translation
But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night.
English Standard Version
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
New American Standard Bible
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.