A few days ago, I wrote about the courageous Catholic men who scaled the walls of Lisbon to free their land from oppression. The truth is, most of us will not have to go into battle to fight for freedom, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still fight for the good, the true, and the beautiful in this world in other ways.
As Pope Francis has worked so hard to remind us, we live in an incredibly broken and hurting world. There are plenty of opportunities for us to courageously confront the broken, and in many ways, evil, world that we live in. With compassion and mercy, we Catholic men need to be on the front lines, healing the wounded people we encounter with love, and fighting the evils that would destroy them.
3 evils you can fight today
1. Abortion – Abortion is the silent evil of our day, the ultimate injustice. It happens behind closed doors in shiny (and sometimes not so shiny) clinics, staffed by smiling workers who make killing your child as simple as pulling a tooth. Because abortion is covered up so well by the industry that profits from it, it is easy to forget that over 4,000 babies a day are being violently killed each day—and that’s just in North America.
To end abortion, we need modern day heroes who are willing to sacrifice their comfort and ease in order to stand up for the little ones. Whether it means sidewalk counseling, peacefully praying outside a clinic, or financially supporting a pro-life organization, we should all be doing something to end abortion. The only thing we shouldn’t do is be indifferent.
2. Pornography – Pornography is ubiquitous, easily accessible, and incredibly destructive. I have read some incredibly disturbing things regarding the young age at which people are beginning to get addicted to this evil. I plan a longer post in the near future on this topic, but for the time being, I will simply say that the best way to fight pornography is to not view it. Ever. There are few things that will destroy your soul faster. Do not give the devil the pleasure of seeing your soul dragged down to hell—flee pornography like the disgusting reality that it is.
Also, protect your children. Never assume they are ignorant of pornography. Guard them jealously and monitor their time on the internet. Increasingly, children as young as 10 years old are becoming addicted to pornography. If you are leaving your child alone with a computer, you are leaving them with a loaded gun that can easily kill them spiritually.
3. Religious indifference – One of the most disturbing trends in the world, and sadly in the Church, is religious indifference. If I had a dollar for each time I heard a Catholic say that others in non-Catholic religions can be saved, I would be a rich man. I’ve even heard some Catholics who should know better say that it might even be God’s will for someone to remain outside the Church. This is religious indifference at its worst.
You may think I’m hopelessly outdated for believing this, but I don’t really care. I feel passionately about this because I firmly believe that the indifference among Catholics is a cancer that is sending millions of souls to hell. We are presuming upon the mercy of God, and forgetting that he is not only merciful, he is just. We are letting people believe destructive lies because we harbor the wishful thinking that God is merciful enough to save them even though they reject his Body and Bride, the Holy Catholic Church.
Is it theoretically possible for Christ to save someone outside the Church? Anything is possible with God. But should we presume that those who are cut off from the sacraments and the body of Christ, his Church, are perfectly OK and have no need of conversion? Absolutely not. Christ did not leave his Church as one nice option among many. He left as the only way to salvation. The only thing that will inspire a missionary zeal among Catholics is the rediscovery of the dogma that has been defined ex cathedra by three different popes: Outside the Church there is no salvation. “There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside which no one at all is saved.” (Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215.)
These three are just the beginning. There are countless other evils we can fight. Everywhere we look, there are individuals who are suffering from depression, despair, loneliness, and destructive patterns of sin. What evils do you feel passionate about combatting? What are the most pressing problems you feel called to confront? Leave your thoughts in the comments.