Why Stay Catholic?

I have been asked on occasion, “Why remain a Catholic?”.  Usually the person asking the question is someone who has experience some injustice in the Church, or may have been a practicing Catholic but lukewarm or perhaps no longer practicing the faith.

Here is my personal response to their question.

I am and will remain a Catholic primarily because I have met Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church.  I have seen him, spoken with him and listened to him.  No, I am not psychotic, but I have met him here in the Catholic Church.  Once I met him I could no more turn away from him and his Church than I could turn away from my very self.  I cannot deny him or the Catholic Church which is his body on earth. 

Secondarily, I am and remain Catholic because it is the faith of my father and mother, and my father’s father and mother, and their fathers and mothers, for generations.  I cannot dishonor my father and mother by abandoning that which they so generously strove to hand on to me.

For any reader who may be questioning their reasons for staying with the Catholic Church, a Church no doubt weighed down by its own humanity and sin and imperfection, I say that if you are open, you will find Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church in a most powerful and personal way.  You need only be open to him and come and meet him!

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2 Responses to Why Stay Catholic?

  1. Karen Querna says:

    Have given this a lot of thought – so here goes – Why stay Catholic?
    My family has been Catholic for a long while. My adventures into genealogy have proven that. I have visited churches where their faith was sustained. Some of the places are Holy Trinity German Catholic Church in Boston Mass. St. Wendelin’s in Liedershiedt France were my GG-Grandfather Wendel Zuck left from in 1871, The small Catholic Church in Westernhausen Germany where my Ohrenberger Family came from. I have my grandmothers prayer book in which she held when she received first communion in 1909, along with my mother, myself and my daughters. Being Catholic is my culture and family history, but here’s the problem, I have had it easy. The people I respect and try to be prayerful of are the poor, the ill, and Catholics in part of the world where their faith is tested daily. Its their faith and devotion that inspires me.

  2. admin says:

    So many of us have had it easy, like you say Karen. I suspect being Catholic is becoming less easy with the passage of time. But the more we give to our faith life, the more authentically Catholic we become. That is why I so appreciate your last comment on respecting the poor, ill and persecuted of the world. They are sources of inspiration for us.

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