Seek to be a slave to Jesus Christ! We must retract ourselves from the wayward way of the secular culture, in which many are enslaved to. The more “worldly” one becomes, the further they are from the Church, and where the Church is there also is Jesus Christ. We must not continue to submit ourselves to happiness, as doing what makes one happy is to be of the world and not of Christ. For Christ does not offer happiness, He offers joy. As St. Therese of Lisieux remarked, “The world’s thy ship and not thy home.”
Choosing to live in the world is to break our baptismal vow, that of denying the waters of rebirth. Baptism takes one from the world in the waters of baptism and births them into a child of God. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches in paragraph 1257, baptism is necessary for salvation. Baptism is the act of one’s life being untethered from the world, and being pushed into the journey towards Eternity.
The current culture seeks to tether one back to shore. The secular veil appears as happiness, as fulfillment, and even sometimes as innocent. When the veil is removed, there displayed is the mechanics of the culture: politics, social media, relationships, open internet, television, news, this list could continue to go on. Even the most seemingly innocent element of the culture can eventually become detrimental to the soul. Each of these elements does not lift one’s soul to Eternity, but however, begins to anchor one in insecurity, anxiety, addiction, and despair.
We must not continue to live, as Catholics, in submission to the world, but rather to Jesus Christ. The Church is the antidote to the secularist culture. This very statement has rung true for every saint in the history of the Church, denying oneself to the dispositions of the world to follow and serve Jesus Christ and His Church. Therefore to expound on our journey in its greatest potential and fullest capacity, we must root out the culture, root out all evil.
For many, the beginnings of rooting out the culture may be difficult. When one who uses just one of these elements of the culture daily, there will be a struggle. For the one, however, who uses multiple of these elements throughout a single week may find the struggle to be more of a burden. No matter the immediate reaction, the long-term benefits to life and to the soul will be evident. We must not let the culture forbid us from hearing the words of Jesus Christ at judgment, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21
The culture offers only a single declaration on our last day, as Christ himself will say, “I never knew you. Depart from me…” Matthew 7:23
Begin to untether your ship and sail towards Jesus Christ by immersing yourself in the beauty of the Church and by detaching yourself from all that unnecessarily weighs on your soul.
Seth is a convert to the Church and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.