Have we in the West become flaccid in the Faith? Yep, for the most part. Have we devolved into limp-minded liberal religionists? Ditto.
The evidence against Catholics behaving as Catholics should behave.
- Catholic politicians who are barely Catholic and who, siding with elements hostile to the Faith, enact unjust laws that harm and destroy innocent unborn lives.
- Catholics who are living in sin who, without recourse to the Sacrament of Penance or are divorced and remarried without the benefit of a decree of nullity stating their first union was not valid, habitually receive Holy Communion.
- Catholic teachers failing Catholic students. Catholic doctrine and practice not being taught nor modelled in Catholic schools.
- Professors at Catholic universities contradicting the Magisterium and promoting dissent from Catholic moral teaching.
- Catholics practicing artificial contraception as frequently as non-Catholics.
- Catholics abandoning the Sacrament of Penance.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe was meek, but he was no pushover. He was humble. Relying on God, Maximilian possessed an indomitable spirit that allowed him to offer himself in place of a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. Maximilian knew that God was (and is always) in charge, that his life belonged to God, and that his life was not his own. By placing God first in his life, Maximilian made the battle not between himself and the Nazis but between God and the forces of darkness. Maximilian wrestled against the dominions and powers behind the scenes, the dark powers influencing and manipulating events, not the mortals who were the willing minions of said demons. God was on Maximilian's side. Because he had already died in Christ through baptism, he could give his life in sacrificial love for his fellow prisoner. This is why we call him Saint Maximilian.
In July 1941 there was an escape from the camp. Camp protocol, designed to make the prisoners guard each other, required that ten men be slaughtered in retribution for each escaped prisoner. Francis Gajowniczek, a married man with young children was chosen to die for the escape. Maximilian volunteered to take his place, and died as he had always wished – in service.
The front lines in the culture wars. The Church needs warriors to defend the Faith. We do not need weak-kneed Catholic legislators, for example, who manipulate voters so they can retain power for the sake of retaining power while they vote for policies that contradict common sense and are often openly hostile toward Catholics.
We need Catholics who can stand on their own two feet in the midst of a lion's den (workplace), can wield a verbal sword of truth spoken in love in a timely manner on the battle field of ideas (at universities, coffee shops, in checkout lines in a grocery store, in doctor's office waiting rooms, in pubs!), warriors who will lay down their lives for their brothers and sisters in response to people who say and do evil things.
For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.—Ephesians 6:12.
Are you a real Catholic warrior?
prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.—1 Peter 3:15.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.” (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, “Follow me.”—Holy Gospel according to St. John 21:15-19.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you (warriors), always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.—2 Timothy 4:3-5.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
- The wuss is lukewarm.
- The warrior is fully alive in Christ Jesus.
- The life of the wuss is bland.
- The life of the warrior, an individual who confronts sin in himself and in the world, is filled with deep joy and a peace only God can give.
- The wuss only knows the joy of the world, an immersion in sensual pleasures which, divorced from the grace of God, soon become meaningless distractions.
- The warrior knows meaning in this life because he knows that ultimate meaning and salvation is only fully found in Jesus Christ!