The beautiful Catholic faith

Pope-FrancisAre you a Catholic? Have you ever wondered why many none Catholics want to attack Catholicism, even to the extent of using the media? It’s just like the bees and the flower, the bees are attracted to the flower for different reasons. It may be that the flower has lots of pollen and nectar, it could be the scent or the bright colours of the flower or any other thing. But there is something attracting the bees.

There must be something about the Catholic Church that attracts the enemies of the Church, I reflected on this and concluded that it is not about colours but the truth about her traditional faith. Even Jesus himself was attacked because he spoke the truth. The Church’s expression of the truth about Christianity through her rich and traditional liturgical celebrations have become provocative to some people, they want the faith to be modernized. Catholicism is ancient and new, it is the faith of the old and the new, it cannot be changed.

I don’t know if  you have ever been asked why you like the Catholic Church? What was your answer? Did you answer like the man who was asked why he loves his wife so much, and he simply answered; I don’t know, I just love her?

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The difficulty in explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounted to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” Nearly  2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church to preserve the truth He gave us and hand it down through the centuries, helping people all around the world encounter the love of God in every age and in every corner of the earth.

Over the years, there have been an untold number of questions and objections raised about the Catholic Church’s teachings and practices. The answers are there, and it’s worth your time to find them. As the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “There are not even 100 people in this country who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they think the Catholic Church to be.”

The Lord wants us all to know and understand His truth, so we can embrace it wholeheartedly and live by it. Christ reminds us, “The truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

I am so proud of the Catholic Church, very happy to be a Catholic and a Catholic priest. We may not be “born again” but we are redeemed in Christ Jesus. Catholicism is the faith of our fathers, and it is our faith forever.

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.

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