I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
It literally makes me sick to my stomach and breaks my heart when I see people going through the motions during Mass or in area regarding their faith.
I am blessed and honored to serve a beautiful young lady I have watched grow up as her confirmation sponsor this weekend. We had a brief logistics rehearsal last night, to go over line ups and processions and readings and such - I remembered the process well from my own confirmation four years ago.
Not only were the candidates (namely, the boys) extraordinarily and unbelievably disrespectful (obnoxious clapping, laughing, and general horseplay - while sitting in a Church with Jesus in the tabernacle, mind you), but the adults who were sponsoring the candidates were just as awful! I was on the verge of marching to the front of the Church and yelling, “Jesus is present among us, whether you realize or care or not, and He is yearning for you and loving you in spite of your self-absorbedness.” If I did, it’s safe to say that all hell would break loose, so I sat in the pew, clenching my fists and praying Hail Mary after Hail Mary.
(It’s not the first time I’ve witnessed behavior such as this - my own confirmation class behaved in a similar manner. I guess it’s just that I’m at a completely different place, in both maturity and spirituality, than I was last time I encountered this.)
It says it right in scripture, y’all - God would rather have you be on fire with faith or turned completely away from him than living a double life.
Catholicism is not a pick-and-choose deal. You can’t say, “I’m Catholic, but I support gay marriage,” or “I’m Catholic, but I believe in abortion in cases of rape or incest.” You can’t be Catholic on Sundays and then do whatever the crap you want every other day of the week.
The time has come - the Church is calling for a new generation of saints, and is beckoning each of us to be apart of this revolution. Will you answer the call? Because He’s going to keep pursuing you like a lovesick school girl, regardless of what you choose, until you fall flat on your ass and realize you can’t do anything apart from Him - trust me, I’ve been there.
Time to Man/Woman up Catholics. We were made for more than easy. #LikeASaint