I love apologetics. I can listen for hours to Bishop Fulton Sheen, Trent Horn, Patrick Coffin, Fr. Larry Richards and the like, explain our faith in different and wonderful ways. However, we need to make sure the laity fully understand what apologetics really is. When I talk about Catholicism with my colleagues who are repping the St. Benedict medal and Rosary hanging in their car, I don’t witness apologetics; I witness apologies. Why?

Since when did being part of the one true faith, dating back thousands of years, become something that some don’t want to be associated with suddenly? We, the oh so oppressed people of the modern age, beg for forgiveness from the world, the media, our friends. We plead with them not label us sexist because we support the life of unborn children. We happily deny Natural Law, in order to be inclusive. We avoid discussing shameful sin, in order to not cause waves. It is increasingly apparent that what we really fear above even hell are titles with negative connotations. Call me a bigot, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe or any other phobe and I’ll happily lock my faith up in a shed to make sure I’m accepted. Why?

What consequence is so grave that we would be willing to give up our chance of salvation in order to get some pointless social points? We’re Catholic men for goodness sake! Our ancestors were beaten, mocked, persecuted, hated, and killed in droves for following Christ. And yet, even though we live in one of the most prosperous times in history, why is it that we wave our white flags when the faintest verbal insult is slung at us. I’m tired of it. Christ has stood on the front lines taking the brunt of all these attacks for far too long. I’m advocating for us men to stand up with our King, shoulder to shoulder, and help bring back order to his kingdom. How?  It doesn’t have to start big and no one is calling for you to grab a sword and revitalize the Crusades. It starts simple.

The next time someone lets their head droop and begins to regretfully talk about their Catholic background, lift it back up and let them know, “It’s okay to be Catholic”.

Those Catholic Men and Exodus 90 inspired me to start my own mission with SIGNUMX, so now I’m challenging you to get up and do the same. We all have talents that God gave us, dust them off the shelf and get to work.

  • thomas cahill

    If you are like me, like St. Peter, when the friends are there i’m a courageous blow hard: “I will never abandon You, Lord, I will die for you.” And a short while later when I’m alone in the world, in the face of a hysterical voice: “I don’t know the Man (or His Church).”

    • Phil Alcoceli

      Point well taken. Without strong faith, obedience, trust and love for the Real Jesus, we all; you, St. Peter, me and everyone else, are a bunch of shameful, shivering cowards just like the Apostles before receiving the Holy Spirit. The Giant Satanic Tsunami Wave of the Anti-Culture of Death is horrifically intimidating until we face it with Jesus and His Infinite Sacrificial Love. People don’t believe me when I tell them of how ridiculously shy, timid and full of different fears I was before I matured in the Catholic Faith but those who knew me in the past know that very well to be true.

      Am I a total Saint now? No, but I accept now that “The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint” (Leon Bloy). We MUST become Saints!! Here’s help that it’s doing it for me together with the Sacraments, etc.: the book “Trusting God with St. Therese” by Connie Rossini. When, step by slow step, we learn to trust God, His Love grows in us and fear becomes F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) and it dies (1 John 4:18). God makes Invincible Saints who shape History (even in death) out of shivering cowards. Glory be to His Holy Name!!!

  • Ward Degler

    Bishop Sheen pointed out that there were no more than 100 people who hated the Catholic Church. There are, however, millions who hate what they mistakenly perceive the Catholic Church to be.I like to point this out when I talk with someone who worries about me because I’m Catholic.

  • Jim Newtoff

    I totally agree!!!! The church needs us to defend her.