Earlier this week, I found myself in an unnerving place—one of my friends put me in a position that I was uncomfortable being in because of my Catholic faith. I know that it happens to people often in the world we live it.
I also know that this experience was not unique to me. Perhaps you have been in a similar situation where someone is talking about engaging in adultery, stealing, or pornography, for instance. I am sure that we have all been in situations even with close friends or family when the decision is placed before us to say something in defense of what we believe or to remain silent. Sometimes the situation is so shocking that you may react like I did—in stunned silence—at least at first.
But thankfully, with God by my side, I was able to pull forth my strength and confront the situation, and the person, head on and explain my position in light of my beliefs. I felt better for having done so, even though it was hard.
As Pope Francis said Nov. 1, we are called to be saints, which means we have to keep trying. He said saints “Are not superheroes, nor were they born perfect. They are like us, each one of us.” He continued on, and called on us “To not be afraid to go against the tide or to be misunderstood and derided when we speak about (Jesus) and the Gospel.”
It can be a hard thing to go against situations that society says is okay but faith and morals say otherwise. I think that sometimes we need to say things that may be controversial when faith or morals are brought up. What do you think? Have you been in a situation in which you were called upon to say something even if it meant that you might be faced with animosity or ridicule?