Archive for October, 2013

One of the things that drives me crazy when talking with someone who isn’t Catholic (or particularly religious) is when they make the claim that the Catholic Church is boring, outdated, and needs to consider rethinking its teaching to appeal to the modern world.  Let me go on a quick little tangent here about why the Catholic church is awesome.

  1. We have a patron saint against oversleeping (Saint Vitus)
  2. There are a lot of us. With over 1.2 billion Catholics world wide, not to mention our buddies the angels and saints, we are not a force to be reckoned with
  3. Our protestant brothers like to say we don’t know The Bible, but guess who put The Bible together?
  4. We have awesome Popes. Pope John Paul II used to sneak out of the Vatican to go skiing in the Alps. Who said Catholics can’t have a good time?

That’s just to name a few things. Note that none of that mentions the Eucharist, how awesome Mary is,  or how awesome the Sacraments are. If I go into details on any of those, I’ll be talking all day… However, as a Catholic in a modern world, it is really hard to keep up with the church doctrine. There is over 2000 years of sacred writings and doctrines and writings from saints. It’s hard for me to find time to pick up my Bible, let alone read everything the church has released about every subject imaginable.

Part of that is also the way society runs now.  We are constantly on the go, go, go.  We can quickly access the things we want to know with a few clicks.  I have access to an unending amount of information and it sits comfortably in my back pocket.  When I want information, I want it now.  It takes a lot of patience to read, reflect, and interpret the documents that come my way. Usually it’s a quick skim of the first page and I’m done with no plans to think about it again.

In my personal, humble, unprofessional opinion, the Church isn’t utilizing a key tool that can be used to bring those who have lost the faith, back into church on Sundays. The tool that can be used to allow the voices of liturgical geniuses like St. Paul, St, Augustine, and St. Francis to be heard world wide, to make them go “viral”.

Obviously the church is trying. There is this adorable picture of Papa Benny trying to understand twitter:

Taken from abcnews.com

Taken from abcnews.com

Or this adorable picture of Papa Franny taking selfies with some excited Catholic youth:

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We have our foot in the door when it comes to seriously using the media in a positive way to help us, we just have yet to bust down the door with our awesomeness.  Some people do have it figured out.  They’ve been able to use the media and modern technology.   For instance, Cardinal Sean O’Malley runs a very popular blog which attempts to appeal to the younger members of the Catholic Church or Jennifer Fulwiler, a woman who grew up a hard-core atheist, but became Catholic and recorded all of it in an inspirational blog about her journey.

The New Media is our new link to the Sacred Tradition. With the new media, we don’t need to spend hours translating the Saint’s words and writings, we don’t have to carry a 100lbs copy of St. Faustina’s diary when we can easily access it on our E-Readers, we don’t have to be helplessly confused about St. Augustine’s Confessions when we can get help from bloggers who have made it a mission to read and understand the texts with just a few clicks.

Jesus Christ promised to make his apostles “fisher’s of men” (Matthew 4:19) following his death, resurrection, and ascension. They went out and preached, some dying for the cause. Their words were heard around the world. The faith spread like wild fire. The new media is a bigger, stronger, thicker net and it will keep their lives and their words alive.  If used right, the media could be the key to giving the church its rightful place in human heart.

And remember

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Lost

Posted: October 29, 2013 in Catholic, Poetry
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I am watching the world from the outside,
Looking in on all the wrong of this place.
The world is so full of such greed and pride.
I search for someone who can grant me grace.

I seek for answers I cannot find.
I just haven’t asked the right person yet.
I have questions but wander blind,
Those who I ask have much pain and regret.

People tell me He’s been with me all along,
They claim he is always among us.
This sinful world is not where I belong,
Take my loneliness and heal it, Jesus.

I wait calmly for the king to be crowned,
I am so lost, and have yet to be found.

Taken from wallchips.com

Taken from wallchips.com

Men of God, revolution has begun,
Bring the dead and sleeping back to life.
We will await the coming of the son.
There is no need to begin a strife.

The enemy called relativism,
Has attacked our church and her beliefs.
The church has been here since her baptism,
She brings fear to the enemy’s head chiefs.

He’s changing hearts, living on the inside.
The earth sings praise, her faith overtakes.
Jesus Christ has come to defend his bride.
Heaven roar, fire falls, the earth awakes.

People sing as the gift of grace arrives,
Tell the world that our God is alive.

Arise

Posted: October 27, 2013 in Catholic, Poetry
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Taken from carolsnotebook.com

Taken from carolsnotebook.com

Sinners be still and let him change your life,
Lift your hands and ask for his grace again.
He asks you not to fear the afterlife.
He has more strength then fifteen thousand men.

He offers water to the thirsty hearts.
He is the light, the city on the hill,
He is able to fix your broken parts.
He will come and find you, just remain still.

He gives you refuge and courage you need,
He will be there through the good and the hurt.
He will still love you despite your greed.
The Lord will offer you love and comfort.

Don’t run, even if part of you dies,
Give him all you are, let your faith arise.

Rescued

Posted: October 26, 2013 in Catholic, Poetry
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grace

 

This cold winter is only a moment.
This desolation is just for now.
No one can hurt me when Your are present.
Plant Your seed within me and let it grow.

Temptation comes and You send me Your grace.
I adore You with my hands in the air.
You have perfect love, You died in my place.
My world is caving in, but You are there.

This is the mere start, let me know You more,
My Lord God rescue me, take my hand.
Please come and knock, I will answer the door.
Without you, I am nothing in this land.

Your spirit causes my soul to brighten.
It’s because of your I can move mountains.

Saved

Posted: October 25, 2013 in Catholic, Poetry
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Taken from franciscanponderings.blogspot.com

Taken from franciscanponderings.blogspot.com

My soul sings as your word falls on my ear.
I call your name for help and you answer.
Your presence changes the room’s atmosphere.
I will live for you, you are my shelter.

I live thankful for the Roman’s mark
The world sees the light you’ve put within me.
It was Christ that led me out of the dark,
Unending, redeeming love set me free.

The prophets’ word was fulfilled through your death.
Through your death everything was rearranged.
Your perfect sacrifice gives me new breath.
In that one moment, everything was changed.

When your grace finds me, I’ll finish my climb,
I’ll fall in love with you for the first time.

Angel in Disguise

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Poetry
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Taken From tumblr.com

Taken From tumblr.com

I can’t pretend everything is okay.
You cannot say that you have never cried.
When the world is bleak and the sky turns grey,
Please let me be the angel by your side.

I will help you survive this long, cold night,
And I will be your strength when you have none.
If you don’t know when to go left or right,
Let me promise I won’t leave your side.

There is a void in your heart and soul,
Remember your God has been sacrificed.
Tell me if you find yourself in a hole.
Hear me calling you home to Jesus Christ.

So when you are down and tears fill your eyes,
Then let me be your angel in disguise.