Guess what! 11 days till release! 😀 Lots of good things happening! My editor is about 1/4 way through the proof copy as of today, not many changes to make! Working on hardcover covers (formatting those is fun.), editing, and planning more blog posts today.
But all the boring update stuff aside, it’s sneak peek time!
Here’s the first part of Chapter 1!
Catholics by Conviction
“The age of casual Catholicism is over; the age of
Heroic Catholicism has begun.
We can no longer be Catholics by accident but instead we must be
Catholics by conviction.”
-Fr. Terrence Henry, TOR,
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Fr. Terrence Henry is right. There’s no time to be casual in our Catholicism. We must be heroic in our faith! We (Catholics) need to be filled with our faith, fully immersed in it, ready to show the world what it truly means to be Catholic in today’s society. In order to do that we must be confident in what we believe. We must know all of the who, what, where, when, why, and how of our beliefs. These facts will be questioned and they will be twisted…which is why we must know the Truth.
We can’t be Catholic only when it is convenient. We can’t be Catholic only when the world says it’s okay. We have to be Catholic because it is who we are. I don’t know about you, but my faith is my life. My schedule every week is configured around Mass on Sunday. I spend time studying our faith; you’d be likely to catch me reading in my room from either St. Thomas’s Summa Theologica, or the Catechism or one of the many apologetics books that my mom has. I realize that this not typical though. It’s countercultural. People aren’t likely to support it. This is the reason why we have to be that much more solid in our beliefs; so we can keep our beliefs throughout our life and not be led astray by what seems “cool” or “popular,” but rather stay rooted in our faith.
God calls each of us to be His ambassador and to spread His word. We are all charged with the command of spreading the Gospel and teaching those who know not Truth. This means we have to actually talk about our faith. It’s easy to sit back and not let faith be a big part of your life. It’s easy to leave it to other people. But that’s not what we’re called to do. We’re called to learn about our faith so we may teach others.
I’m always surprised, and not in a good way, by the lack of people who really know what their Faith is about. Too many are simply Catholic because their families are. No. We must be Catholic because it is Truth. To know Truth we have to first know the basics of defending it ourselves. To do that we have to learn about not only what we believe, but why we believe it.
We have to be heroic Catholics. Why do I say that? Because look at the heroes in the world. From the Knights who went on the Crusades, to the Apostles who risked everything to spread Catholicism, to even people like the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson River a few years ago.
What do all those people have in common? They are heroes.
End sneak peek. 😉
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