April 16, 2012: Be Bold, Be Strong

~ by Mary Galvano

In these times, we as Christians are facing more and more of a challenge in protecting our religious freedoms, though Americans are not the only ones going through this struggle.

Throughout the world there are religious persecutions. The biggest crisis however, is not with the outside world but, rather with the faith we have within us. Christians aren’t standing up enough for what is right anymore because they don’t truly believe in the truth. The non-believing media, along with others, are gradually watering down, or at least trying to water down our faith in the Church. This is serious business. We have nothing to fear if we have true faith in our hearts. We must keep spreading this faith throughout the world.

Faith was the biggest struggle for the apostles when they first heard that Jesus was not in the tomb. They still were not convinced even when they were told He had risen by witnesses who had seen him and had spoken to him. Jesus knew his beloved apostles needed help, and with His help and forgiveness, the apostles grew to be the first great leaders of the Church. Their faith was so great that it resulted in them being martyred, except for the apostle John, but it also gave them the reward of eternal life.

Like the apostles, we must be bold and be strong in proclaiming our faith. We do this first by our example. Actions speak louder than words. People should know you are a Catholic not just by your words but, also by how you live. Have you ever had someone say to you, “I knew you were Catholic?” It is a pleasant surprise to know your faith is recognized that way.

Second, we must learn to forgive. This can be a tremendous challenge, especially when forgiving someone means forgiving an enemy. Love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you, as Jesus taught us. This is not an easy task. This doesn’t mean you have to go hang out and be buddy-buddy with your enemies, but it does mean to love and forgive others just as Jesus still loved and forgave all of us while nailed to the cross.

Third, cling to the cross and resurrection. Proclaim the good news! Jesus died and has risen. Don’t just sit there in church and listen to these words. Go out and share the good news to all creation, human and nonhuman. We witness the resurrection in the breaking of the bread every time we go to Mass. That alone should set our hearts on fire. It is all we need in believing and processing the truth.

As religious freedom is being threatened, fear not and have faith in the truth. Put your faith in action and pray for the whole world to have faith in the truth. The Catholic Church has faced protestors before, persecution is nothing new, and yet the Church is still going strong. It has been going strong for over 2, 000 years, and always will. It will always prevail because it is The Church founded by Jesus himself, and Jesus has already won the victory! Amen! Hallelujah!

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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