Why isn’t it enough to love God and do well? I’m not really a hardcore Catholic. I don’t know all of the doctrines and I’m not well versed in apologetics. But I love God. I struggle frequently with a life of faith because I feel like I send a hundred questions to heaven and all that is returned is another question mark. I hear people telling me it’s a sin to get a tattoo (which to me would help tie up a few lose ends) but they don’t just tell me they have criticized me for even thinking about it. I have some of the best grandparents in the world. They have gone beyond their role, to try and get my mother on her feet. They have sacrificed so much for my family, but they are not Catholic. How can I be part of a religion that teaches you have to be Catholic to get into heaven? Shouldn’t it be enough to live life well with charity and love? After all isn’t God more alive in all of us and the world he created then in the pages of a book? Wouldn’t it be more productive for my soul to live in love and treat my neighbor as a king, than it is to not get a tattoo?
I know dirt bags who are the worst excuse for a man that I have ever known. But they are Catholic, they come to mass every Sunday, they say the prayers, and receive the sacraments, but are just not that swell of characters. How is that person more important to God than a person who gives time to the poor and homeless and things like that? What good are they to God? they come to church sing a few songs and when you turn to go, they leave their faith at the door. How can they be counted among the righteous if they lead a life warming pews and quoting scripture? Faith is not lived in books written about Jesus or proved in ramblings of old men. People get far to critical of other’s faith. They become to consumed in their own name they forget what it means to be Catholic. I say to you, if you do not think you are in need of help then you are the one who needs it most. No man has that luxury of perfection. Faith and imperfection go hand in hand. On cannot live without the other. Stop, think, and ask yourself what needs to be done. Helping God goes far beyond dropping a dollar in the basket. And remember this, even the most evil of men when confronted will tell you they have done no wrong.