It was such a blessed day at the Heroic Catholicism event with Tim Staples and Tanya Granic Allen (view photos from the day here). A big thank you to all who attended and those who kept the day in prayer, as well as participated in the Novena to St. Joseph.
While the day was full of spiritual fruits the one big thing that people could not ignore was the lack of people at the conference. It was our lowest turnout in our history. I asked myself, “What happened?” The speakers were top notch, the talks were inspiring and informative, the venue was nice and the location was good… Then it hit me while talking to Tim and Tanya. They both said it was a good indication that the majority of Catholics are not interested in hearing about having to life their faith heroically. It is tough stuff. It is not easy being a Christian and we like to be comfortable and feel good. Catholics don’t like to be challenged. They said. And while I know there were some other factors for some very devout Catholics, such as weddings on the same day, I think this point cannot be ignored and speaks volumes to the Catholic culture we live in.
This conversation reminded me of a quote. “He dies for lack of discipline and because of his great folly he is lost” (Proverbs 5:23). We lack discipline, and yet, we need discipline in our lives both physically and spiritually.
If we want to get to heaven then we must train. Getting to heaven isn’t easy, yet by what you hear and observe by other Catholics and other Christians you would think it was. However, Christ said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7: 13-14).
The world offers you comforts, but they are passing. Christ offers you eternal life, but we need to work hard at it. We need to live Heroic Catholicism.
For further reading I came across this article by Crisis Magazine titled “Is Catechesis Possible in a Narcissistic Age?” I encourage you to read it.
If publishing article online please attribute source Serviam Ministries with link to original article.