Carrying your Catholic faith

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 on a foreign land?

Concelebrating the holy Mass at St. Mathias the apostles’ parish, Lanham, Maryland in 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 a wonderful priest (he really is) but the parishioners greatly inspired me also. The gathered parishioners at the 10:30am Mass almost made me forgot 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 America 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  rich heritage of the Catholic Church would proudly carry it every where, would sing the “Lord’s song”  on a “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, but Catholics who knows the richness of Catholicism will sing the “Lord’s song” any time anywhere. Let’s proudly celebrate the heroism of our fathers 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.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

3 Comments on “Carrying your Catholic faith

  1. 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.

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