Thankful for all Christians


I spend a lot of time judging people’s faith. As we know, being judgmental is a sin. I take that back. I judge, but don’t criticize. More like, I defend my own faith, which, if you don’t know, is Catholicism. On one particular board, it starts like this: Answering someone’s charge that Catholicism is pagan because of some practice. Most recently, Ash Wednesday, and today, the Annunciation. (Where’s that in the Bible???)

So, because I have so many non-Catholics (and even Cafeteria Catholics) around me, I am making a resolution to thank God that people know that Christ is their savior. Regardless of how their faith manifests itself. For the Catholic Church states that every religion on Earth has some truth to it, and of course, Jesus is Truth. So even Buddhists have some truth, and therefore some Christianity. My resolution is to leave it up to God to judge whether someone’s worthy. To be thankful for those who revere Christ.

I also promise to defend the Catholic faith, the one Church Jesus prayed for in John 17. And to live according to the following passage:

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains, so that I may have the courage to speak as I must. Ephesians 6:10-20

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