Attention all Catholic youth from The Age of Reason to 20 years old! I have a special post just for you, so sit down, listen up, and pay attention! ;)
We are the future of the Catholic Church!........Did you know that? We have a problem, though. We aren't living our faith enough! Face it, most of the Catholic youth are not serious about their faith; they have to be dragged to Church; unless, of course, it is to get a free meal or doughnuts in the Hall. *rolls eyes*
WE NEED A REVIVAL OF CATHOLIC YOUTH! If we do not wake up and take on the responsibilities and pride of being Catholic, there will be practically no members left! We need action! WAKE UUUUP!!!!
One of our old parish pastors said in his Christmas sermon, "I see all the CEO's are here."
Everyone looks around puzzled.
"That means Christmas, Easter, and Other holiday goers."
Everyone in the Church started laughing, because it is so true! On the big days (not Sundays), the Church is overflowing with people! It's ridiculous. Don't be a CEO!!!
BE CATHOLIC TO THE MAX!!! What does that mean? Well, that means you try to live your faith everyday in thought, word, and deed. You don't have to be dragged to Mass, but want to go, even everyday, because you know the value of it; you KNOW your faith and are ready to defend it (1Peter 3:15), you are active in pro-life activities, you pray (and know) the Rosary, the Angelus, the Chaplet, and other traditional Catholic prayers, and so on.
We are soldiers of Christ's army, fighting a vicious and bloody spiritual battle. We have to be ready. We must be ready! Think of it this way, you are a soldier in boot camp, for training. You learn about your enemy(Satan and Co.), your weapons and armor (the sacraments, graces, etc.)and how to fight. After boot camp you're made a Knight or Shieldmaiden in the General's (Christ's) Army; this would be the sacrament of Confirmation. We have to fight the good fight, everyday, and we cannot fail our General.
So, here is my plea to you:
#1-Wake up and join the war! Jesus wants you!
#2-If you have already enlisted (meaning you already consider yourself Catholic to the Max) start recruiting other youth!
#3-BE Catholic, don't just say you are Catholic.
#4-Make this your motto: 1 Peter 3:15 "Always be prepared to make a defence to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you..." Basically, be ready to defend your faith.
#5-Remember that you have to answer to God at the end of your life. Are you going to have to face God and tell him that you deserted, or that you fought bravely, and honorably, to the end?
Victoria Rose Philomena Martin de Porres