"So let your light shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven."
"The Catechism Explained"
(Spirago-Clarke,Tan Books) states that "God requires of us to make outward profession of our Faith." It continues:
"We are bound in our words and actions to let men know that we are Christians and Catholics. It is by open profession of our faith that we help others (as we see from the above words of our Lord), to know God better and to honor Him more."
"The open profession of our Faith [leads others] and also strengthens us in all that is good, for 'practice makes perfect.' Unhappily many are too often cowards. For fear of being laughed at, or by some disadvantage in worldly affairs or interests, many have not the courage to openly profess Faith, or to defend their religion when it is attacked; they laugh at indecent or profane stories, join in immodest conversation, or join in talk against the church in order to avoid the jests of their companions."
Wisely, "The Catechism Explained" also warns us against hostile debate regarding the Faith:
"We should also try to avoid all 'wrangling' discussions and controversies about religion which generally do harm and embitter others against the Truth."
It is imperative that we remain mindful of our goal - not to "win" an argument - but to lead souls to Christ. Christians, we are always called to "speak the truth in love."
"The Catechism Explained" continues:
"Our Lord has promised eternal life to him who fearlessly makes profession of his/her faith. For He has said 'Every one of your who confess Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father Who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32)."
Finally, as we go forth let us heed the words of Saint Paul to the Ephesians:
"Put on the armor of God, so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil."
Friends - we are on the front lines of the spiritual battle. The souls of our loved ones, friends and neighbors are at stake. We must boldly live our Faith in the public square, in our daily lives . . . in ALL we do! Onward, Christian soldiers.
Ref: The Catechism An Exhaustive Explanation of the Catholic Religion. Rev. Francis Spirago/edited by Rev. Richard F. Clarke,S.J.Copyright 1899,1921 by Benziger Bros, NY. Tan Books & Publishers, Inc. Rockford, Illinois 61105.
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