Many decades have gone by now where something is happening to the laity in the Church, and keeps happening to them, since they defend their faith at all costs but without reasoning and without sureness in their own religion.
They are Sunday Catholics, Catholics of Quinceañeras, of exuberant weddings, Christians of Rosaries and frequent prayer, Christians of many baptisms, etc. The laity are diehard Catholics, steadfast in their religion.
They give their life for their Church, but each time and every day is worse. No one cares to receive instruction in their own religion, and it’s not even of interest to our priests. All that matters is going to mass, giving alms, registering in one’s parish and to not stop paying money for this, money for the sacraments, money for everything.
May is the month for celebrating many First Communions, godfathers, godmothers, and many festivities, but Christ is not present in these crowds. That is to say, it’s only a very few who are cognizant of what they’re doing, and the grand majority are only there for the party.
All of a sudden, however, we have more of the laity that are now new members of different religious entities, that is, Catholics that are now part of another religion yet not knowing why. Where are these diehard Catholics then who defend their faith at all costs?
We may keep closing our eyes if we like and let the Church take any path it wants. The economic situation is highly urgent and our priests…this is all they see, rather than ever seeing the need to evangelize. But of course, what’s priority is the manipulation of crowds and multitudes to see how money will be collected.
Members of the laity who discover the necessity in finding themselves with Christ—laymen who suddenly feel Christ’s calling—didn’t find him in their religion, but of course they were able to find him in another religious denomination, where there was someone concerned for them…because their Church abandoned them; it shut it’s doors to them.
It’s quite easy to look the other way, if we want…no problem, just bury our head inside some cavity like ostriches do and forget about the whole situation. But when you decide to come out of the cavity or hiding place, you’ll discover that everything in the Church is still the same or worse each and every time.
Regards and peace from us and Christ the Lord.
Translation by León Jesuita.