Sadly, a generation of milquetoast Catholics who bequeathed to us a tedious self loathing and a hatred of authority seem to be finding (what is hopefully) a last gasp of popularity before that wretched low-bar (c)atholic way of being is consigned to the intellectual trash heap of history.
We need bold missionaries who can offer aid and comfort to the needy in the midst of the culture war. As one visiting priest to our diocese recently put it, people are attracted to moral beauty. We must epitomize moral beauty in what we say and do. People will recognize our witness to truth and beauty and goodness and turn to us for hope when their world only offers them despair and disappointment. We can show people a better way, a way of life and love and hope and joy and peace sustained by the Holy Spirit.
If we are to enable our students to become effective witnesses to the Holy Gospel, not just consumers of religion, our parochial schools must reorient themselves toward a deep catechism which necessarily includes the message that all people need the Holy Gospel and the salvation that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
Know Jesus, know life; no Jesus, no life.
Without acceptance of Jesus Christ, one's soul is seriously imperilled and prone to hellfire. It's time we consigned the heresy of (neo)universalism (i.e., God overlooks all sins and saves all, even the unrepentant) to the hell which that particular heresy denies.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.—Galatians 2:20.
And, the faithful disciple embodies obedience [John 14:15-21]. Jesus says
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.
I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
We are by faith witnesses to the Resurrection, and the Mass is Holy Thursday, the Sacrifice of Calvary and the Resurrection all made present in our midst.
The sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, shared with us in Holy Communion, enables our participation in the very life of God which moves us out into the world to share the Holy Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ, for Jesus is the way, the truth and the life that all people seek.
Configured to Christ and His Church
The true Catholic thinks with the Church (sentire cum ecclesia). His/her conscience is formed by and conforms to the teaching of Holy Mother Church. The true Catholic shares in an intimate loving communion with Jesus Christ and His Church. The true disciple in his/her heart reveres
Christ as Lord (... and is) always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls him/her to account for the hope that is in him/her, (and does so) with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15
The true Catholic is humble enough to admit when he or she needs the Sacrament of Penance. A visit to the confessional once a month is hardly frequent enough for the Catholic in love with Jesus Christ and His Church.
So then... .
Declare your love for Christ and Church! Let us be wise and bold in our lived proclamation of the Holy Gospel. Do not shy away from confrontation when called upon to give account for the reason for the hope within you. You are Catholic, a citizen of the divine society and culture of love founded by Jesus Christ upon the Apostle Peter.