“But,” the boy of the future said, “Didn’t they try to stop them first?”
“No.” The old man said. “It’s amazing what can happen while your eyes are glued to a TV screen.”
Around us, things are getting worse. Cities light up in flames. Cathedrals burn in silence. Catholics fight for the last toilet paper roll, but Our Lord they leave abandoned in the churches. The statues of our saints and Our Mother are disrespected, and outright offenses against God like Drag Queen story-times and abortion clinics have become so commonplace in our cities that we forget about them. Which of us thinks about the unborn lives lost more often than he does his next meal?
We complain, of course. We are quite good at that. We fill social media and our dinner tables with head shaking and loud denouncing of the anti-Christian culture that we bow to as soon as we step outside. Once outside we try to remain invisible in the crowd at work, smiling politely as our co-worker boasts how she left the Church and blushing if someone so much as asks if we are Catholic.
But what if we stepped outside and did something?
“I can’t afford to talk. I’ll lose my job.”
“I am a mom, not an activist.”
I get it.
Once you are married, you are busy.
That is why it is up to us. The young adults of 2020. Will we put down our game consoles and take out our EarPods long enough to realize that the Kingdom of Christ is at stake and needs us to fight for it?
To fight. Not to repost. Not to stand silent. Not to play nice. The Church needs an army. A movement of young men and women who will leave their homes and not blend into the crowd but take up space in it.
Speak your values. Chalk, flyer, banner, start conversations and set up discussion tables in the public square. Attend, infiltrate, hold counter events, and protest peacefully events harmful to the Church. Journey to defend statues and the Faith under attack. Talk without shame about the Catholic view of dating and marriage. Show your classmates pictures of the Latin Mass.
Fight for Christ. It is nothing more than what you were born to do. It is what, in this moment, you are called to do.
Maybe you have been trying to sabotage the anti-Catholic culture alone. In that case, I ask you to join our team. Our army. Our crusade of young adults who will work together to restore Christ in our culture.
I am not asking every young adult to join this elite force. It’s a call to those young adults who make reclaiming the culture a priority. Those who aren’t slow to give up Saturday night to do some behind-the-scenes infiltration work. Those who will disguise themselves, take risks, and stand hours in the heat or the rain in order to accomplish a mission. Those who think quickly, are adaptable, and can beat the enemy at his game. I am calling on them to see if Christ is asking them to sacrifice for Him in this way.
Prayer. Fight. Suffer.
The choice is yours, young Catholic.
Our Lord needs young daring members for His team: young adults unattached and daring enough to run, with the fire of the martyrs, towards any battle where Christ is being mocked and spit upon again.
Oremus Pro Invicem