Many people my age (40s) feel they are part of a lost generation. Lost in the ways of faith and lost in the ways of liberty.
As a Catholic growing up in a post Vatican II generation, too many people in the church took V2 as an opportunity to remake the church in their own image instead of keeping true to the core teachings.
We now have a generation of people who think that being a Catholic is a theological buffet where they can pick and choose what they will and will not believe. They have forgotten that being a Catholic (or a Lutheran, Baptists, Jew, etc.) is a belief system whose tenets must be followed in order to be considered a faithful part of that community. There is no Patty’s version of Catholicism and Jimmy’s version of Judaism.
But, that is what we are currently left with… personal faiths turning into personal versions of faith.
My parents thought we were being appropriately catechised. We weren’t and we didn’t know any better.
As one commentator recently said, the Catholic Church has spent the last 40 years wandering in the desert. It’s time to come home and rediscover the promised land.
I, personally, have spent the last 14 years of my life trying to learn what was never taught to me about my faith. It’s been a struggle, but also a fulfilling faith journey.
Our country, over the past 40 years, has also been wandering in the desert. We have lost sight of our free and faithful past as a country. We have lost the foundations of liberty and of helping our neighbor, of personal responsibility and of equal justice.
Our generation finds itself in a very strange time. A time where we must work twice as hard to restore the understanding of our faith while, at the same time, working twice as hard to save this country by moving it back toward it’s founder’s roots.
I’m willing to do the work. I hope others are as well.
I am still determined to leave this country in a better shape for my children than the one I grew up in… and I want my children to understand our deep Catholic faith more than I ever will.
There are no easy paths ahead, but they are worthy of whatever sacrifices are required to travel them.