Fully Embracing the Catholic Faith

A post from the blog of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas titled Catholicism “Lite”: Less Fulfilling? made me evaluate my Catholic faith. The entry presented brilliant analogies that prompted me reflect on what kind of Catholic I am. Furthermore, it made me ask myself whether I was worthy to be called and to call myself a daughter of the Catholic Church.

We are living in a world that favors the conformists and pins down those that stand firm in their beliefs. Often people who assert and stand by what they believe is right are viewed as the bad guys and labeled as uptight, self-righteous, medieval, inconsiderate, and what not. For this very reason, people are more apt to conform or to stay in relative comfort and security than to stand up for what they truly believe is proper.

However, the Bible is clear of how God looks at Christians who follow the crowd, “My people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, picking up their evil ways. Now they have become as worthless as a half-baked cake.” (Hosea 7:8) I certainly do not want God to see me as a “half-baked” Christian or a half-hearted Catholic for that matter. I am a Catholic and with God’s grace, I intend to fully embrace my faith.