In light of the recent scandals, I know many people are wondering whether they should remain in the Catholic Church. And I totally get that; the outrage is warranted.
But in this time of crisis, I beg you not to flee, but to fight–not violently, with the weapons of the world, but with the weapons of the Spirit. We need you.
Every person is born when Baptism happens, we are baptized as priest, prophet, and king. Prophets are responsible to fight not run.
Bishop Robert Barron offers words of wisdom that are worth listening to.
Look to Jesus on the Cross as priest and victim. We are called to serve priestly actions nit on an altar but in our lives. He freely offered the sacrifice of Himself as priest and He freely was the sacrifice as victim. Aren’t we called to imitate Him? Daily I’m realizing that I need to sacrifice. How can I lay my life down for others as Christ did on the Cross? How can I give myself to others and constantly put their needs above my own? Is my life a constant sacrifice? What little things in my life can I begin to sacrifice and offer up to the Lord for someone else?
We are called to be prophets. Christ never stopped proclaiming the Kingdom of God to those He encountered. He loved with a deep, burning love for every soul He encountered. Every time we cross paths with an individual, it is a chance to be missionary to them. We are called to serve those who were abused and offer them any help we can.
We are called to our royal role. Ask yourself, am I seeking to give all glory to God with everything I say and do? Jesus is our King, and through His sacrifice on the Cross, He opened up the gates of His Kingdom for us to share in as well.
Bishop Barron is right this is our call to fight not flee.