THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Why doesn't the Church challenge us anymore?
Today's Church makes religious practice easier. But in so doing, it ceases to be a challenge to us. Is it not for that very reason that many young as well as older people join sects?
Does the Church really make religious practice easier? Many think otherwise.
If some join sects, it is often because religious practice is rather hard on Catholics. As an example, in some sects one does not have to receive the sacraments, because they do not have sacraments. Because someone has been denied Communion for instance, he or she may seek to join a sect where this problem does not exist. Sects are a complex problem. There are many reasons for their popularity.
Christ, the Gospel and the Catholic Church go on promoting a very high ideal to the young and the old. No, the Church does not stop challenging us by lowering the goal to attain. Rather this is done by some lukewarm or cold Catholics. But, at the same time, there exists a new generation of fervent, even heroically faithful and zealous lay people, monks, nuns and priests in a world that has slipped back into paganism. There are young people among them and they feel challenged by the Church of today.
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