‘Practicing Catholic’

This weekend, my niece and nephew both celebrated their Confirmation. With all of their friends and family watching, they chose to say ‘yes’ to their faith.  In a unique twist of events, both my husband and I were chosen as sponsors – which we thought of as a double honor (and also very cute).

At the ceremony, Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Walsh, who is rector of the seminary in Dunwoodie, confirmed the students. During his homily, even though it was largely geared towards the confirmands, there were many things he said that fit Catholics at every age. One thing that really made an impact was when he said it is important for people to practice their faith.

He told the story of the pilot who made an emergency landing on the Hudson River this past year, and said that if he didn’t practice his flying, he wouldn’t have the skills to land the plane as he did. In the same way, he said that practicing your faith gives you the strength and skills to use it even during difficult situations.

I love the idea of practicing our faith. It shows that we aren’t perfect, but gives us something to strive for.

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2 thoughts on “‘Practicing Catholic’”

  1. To quote St. Augustine: “If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. ”

    The man who does not practice his faith has no faith at all. And this extends beyond mere rubrics, beyond going through the motions. We must ask ourselves whether it is the Gospel we believe or ourselves. Do we listen to the infallible Bride of Christ, the Church? Do we lovingly embrace the Church’s teachings on marriage, contraception, abortion, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, etc. If not, then we have much to think about, for in rejecting the vicar of Christ, the successor of Peter, we reject Christ himself.

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