I feel like this so often. On the reader page of WordPress, I follow the “Catholic” Tag. Sometimes people will post Anti-Catholic stuff on there with that tag. There was one about how no devout catholic could ever be a good parent. Annoyed sigh. It is always nice to see and actual Catholic post under the Catholic Tag. It’s even better when Catholic Memes comes out with a new post. Ah, that site is awesome. Anyway, it’s a lot easier to deal with the anti-Catholic comments in real life. I feel much more at home in a face to face conversation. Even not discussing it, but just taking the blow is easier in real life. I don’t feel alone because I have a couple of really good devout Catholic friends that always have my back. Elsewhere, I feel a lot more alone, helpless even. I know I’m never alone with God, but I still get that feeling. I have a “Catholic” friend who will usually take the wrong side of an argument and say something weird. He’s all for that “all religions are equal” stuff. He claims that the Catholic Church isn’t correct, it’s just the closest to being right out of all the beliefs in the world. Whenever that happens, I’m just like:
It’s usually pretty funny to see his argument collapse after the relentless barrage of sound theology from me and my friends. I know that kid well, so I can have serious conversations with him from time to time without his dismissal of logic. I always try to remember my own advice from the post the Apostolate of Friendship. I have a hard time doing so. The point that I am trying to say is that without those few select Catholic friends I have, I wouldn’t be wrighting this. I would probably be just remain quiet on religion. You know, keep your religion to yourself and all that. I was like that at the start of my Freshman year. Some of my friends were talking about abortion and they asked me how I felt about it. I, a confirmed catholic, who has every responsibility to defend and share the truth, said I didn’t really care. Looking back, I can’t even see how I let myself do that. Then I met a couple of Catholic friends who had been in the apologetics business longer than I (I was homeschooled for a couple grades). They gave me the courage to speak up. Together with my friends, we all wore Yes on 1 buttons during the 40 days for life. I have to admit, half the time I wore a jacket over my button during a few classes. I didn’t want to face harsh criticism from people I didn’t know. It was a really big learning experience for me. Fast forward a couple months, and I write a blog about Catholicism. I wear a Catholic t-shirt like every other day. This isn’t me bragging, it’s me bragging about my friends. All this is because of them.
Of course, with anybody, they do have their negative sides. One of them is super philosophical and hurts my brain all the time. One of them is less traditional than I am, and we joke about his Church’s newer Worship music compared to my church’s classical chant and hymns. But they are some of the best kids I have ever met. They continue to change my life and keep it on the narrow way towards Jesus. So this post is for them, and for all those heroic teens out there taking a stand for the truth. For all those courageous souls bringing others closer to Jesus. This is for you also, my brave reader. Yes, Pope Francis, it’s for you too. Don’t excommunicate me or anything, okay? Thanks for reading and God Bless!