From a reader…
When is enough, enough? I help facilitate the RCIA program in my parish and the other leaders in the name of compassion are constantly at odds with the teachings of Holy Mother Church. As one trying to be faithful to our Lord and His Church, I wonder at what point is an environment too toxic for one’s soul? Can the heretical opinions of these people start to rub off on me without me even knowing it. Does working with these people become an occasion of sin?
Hmmm… that reminds me of a song! Maestro? ♫
When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother
What will I be
Will I be pretty
Will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be
No, Fr. Z has not entirely lost his mind. Nor is Fr. Z, “getting in touch with his feminine side.”
Rather, the question proposed has led to a certain flight of mental fancy and the recollection of that delightful song Doris Day sang to alert Jimmy Stewart in the Alfred Hitchcock movie, “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”
Like the questioner, the characters played by Day and Stewart – the McKennas – are simply trying to get by in life. They are enjoying a nice vacation when a series of events places them at the center of an assassination plot.
Many Catholics these days seem to be in similar straits.
They attempt simply to eke out a life of holiness day by day, and yet they find themselves embroiled in controversies and conflict. They are compelled to address the dangers of sin and heresy.
It has always been so.
What is the tipping point? How much do we engage in the battles that rage? At what point do we set the battles aside and retreat to the relative peace of our family lives and homes?
If we retreat, will the battles pass us by? Will the war bang on our front door?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer.
I understand the need to back away at times – sometimes to back away temporarily, sometimes to shake the dust from one’s sandals and move on elsewhere.
Choosing the right battles to fight is an important lesson to learn. Prudence is the auriga virtutum, the charioteer of the virtues.
When we struggle, we do NOT struggle alone.
While a Christian does not become either complacent or fatalistic, we need to remind ourselves that Christ has already won the important battle. We know the final outcome of things.
Christ is at our side.
The battles are difficult, but they are at times necessary so that the Truth be served, the Faith defended, Christ known and loved in His Holy Catholic Church.
What will be, will be, of course. But what we do to help bring about what will be is the stuff upon which our own salvation is built.
Do not let the demon of discouragement distract you. But, taking stock of your state in life, the exigencies you face in your vocation, the circumstances you live in, learn also “when to fish and when to cut bait.”