This is a reoccurring column from a few select writers that will feature issues that pertain to CSB/SJU such as religion, race, gender and politics.
By Jack Barsody – [email protected]
In my opinion as a young Catholic, the problem with our faith is not that it is archaic or out-of-touch, but rather that our most convincing and beautiful revelations are not brought to the forefront of our faith as they should be. Too much time is spent on the “rules,” rather than the development of ourselves or how to look at the entire world through the lens of faith.
I’ve heard it said many times that other Christian denominations are easier to understand — people just “get it” more. I can promise you that the deepest and most beautiful truths are held within the Catholic Church, steeped in thousands of years of philosophy and tradition. While it may seem dense, what did you expect? That the ultimate truths of the human purpose and our relation to the divine would be as easy to read as a pop-up book?
As said by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen: “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
As Catholics, I feel we have done a poor job of both education and contemplation. The false ideas about our faith cannot be dispelled if we ourselves do not know the what is true and real. While those beautiful truths I talked about earlier may not be displayed as much as I believe they should be, it is our job as the next generation to bring them to the forefront.
Now, all hope is not lost if you remember where we are at, one of the greatest (THE greatest, in my opinion) Catholic universities in the Midwest. Follow the advice in 1 Timothy 2:3-4 “this is good and pleases God our savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of truth,” and pursue that “knowledge of truth.”
We have a theology department filled with incredible professors on a variety of classes, dozens of bible studies, multiple faith groups and a thriving campus ministry. Whether you are a part of the faith or not, take the time to read a book, visit a lecture or actually pay attention in your theology class — you might be surprised by what you find.
The Church welcomes all — not just to lukewarm membership, but into the fullness of truth present in the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
This is the opinion of Jack Barsody, SJU sophomore