Baptized Catholics my age who attended Catholic schools (or had responsible parents) were blessed to have been taught authentic Catholicism (at least in elementary school – let’s not presume to include high school and college). Any of us who might have fallen away from practicing our faith at some point afterward (having fallen from Grace), possibly due to the seductions and distractions of worldly desires or those of the flesh, remained fortunate to have had a firm foundation on which to land if we were also fortunate to eventually fall away from our high self-esteem and Satan’s high-handed clutch on us.
Hitting bottom during our earthly lifetime and rising again is a true blessing. Whereas hitting bottom at the intersection of the next phase of our life (passing from earthly life), is Hell for all eternity.
God is merciful and pastoral, but He is also just.
I feel sad for everyone who has been deprived of the fullness of truth. But for Catholics, there should never have been, nor should there now be, such a deprivation. Yet, aside from their own culpability for their ignorance or rejection of the truth, some have also been victims of incompetent or heretical ordained ecclesiastical ministers of their Holy Catholic Church. Having paid close attention to the recent Synod of Bishops, I don’t foresee a near-term end of such abuse.
I feel sad to know that if there were ever to be another civil war in America (say due to the slaying of children within their mothers’ wombs or any other incomprehensible depravity), there would be family members (grandparents, parents, siblings, spouses, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.) engaged in violent opposition.
Let us learn the truths of our faith (Catechism of the Catholic Church) and let us pray that we will be all that God wants us to be.
O my most loving Triune God,
I love You as my Life, my Hope and my Salvation.
I adore You as the Author of my being.
I desire You as my End.
I praise You as my Perpetual Benefactor.
I invoke You as my Sovereign Protector.
I worship You as my Divine Master.
Direct me by your Wisdom.
Restrain me with your Justice.
Comfort me with your Clemency.
Protect me with your Power.
I consecrate to You my thoughts, that I may think of You,
my words, that I may speak of You,
my actions, that they may be according to your Will,
my sufferings, for your greater Glory.
I beg your Pardon for my faults.
Strengthen me with your Grace and keep me from falling.
Come and take Possession of my heart.
Live and Reign in it making it wholly yours.
Fill it with your Love, Mercy and Peace.