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Carrying your Catholic faith

01 Aug 2016, by Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA in Doctrines
St. Matthias the apostle's parish, Lanham.

St. Matthias the apostle’s parish, Lanham.

I remember telling a convert to Catholicism that our Catholic faith, the faith of our fathers, is so deep. Once you know and understand it, you appreciate it more and stand the chance of never letting it go. We carry the faith wherever we go and not ask like the ancient Jews; how could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

Concelebrating the holy Mass at St. Mathias, the apostles’ parish, Lanham, Maryland in the United States of America inspired me to make this post. It was on a “foreign” land yet very much like home for me, not just because the parish priest is wonderful (he really is), but the parishioners greatly inspired me. At 10:30 am, the gathered parishioners almost made me forget that I was far away from Nigeria; they were mostly blacks from Nigeria and some other parts of Africa. They came not to question why they should sing the “Lord’s song” on a “foreign” land but to proudly display the faith of our fathers and sing the “Lord’s Song.” Not even the availability of the comfort the American society provides could make them forget the faith of their fathers, their need of God. Only those who truly understand and appreciate their Christian faith and the Catholic Church’s rich heritage would proudly carry it everywhere would sing the “Lord’s song”  on “foreign land. They inspired me.

This is a wake-up call to Catholics to make conscious efforts to know more about the Church, about their faith. We may have had our catechism classes as we prepared for the sacraments of baptism and confirmation, but that is not enough; we really need to do more. Know your faith, be proud of it, and carry it wherever you go. The waves of Protestantism and all the anti-Catholic moves today can only shake lukewarm Catholics. Still, Catholics who know Catholicism’s richness will sing the “Lord’s song” any time anywhere. Let’s proudly celebrate our fathers’ heroism in faith by knowing our faith, love it, appreciate it, defend it, and hand it over to our children.

God bless the Church; God bless the Pope.

  • ada Reply

    Proudly catholic!!! The only church that has the same culture all over the world….

  • Proudly catholic forever ,we hold the key,we hold the tradition.I love it,I appreciate it,I defend it and will surely hand it over to my children and my generations to come.God bless the church,God bless the Pope.