Professors instructing you, grade books, and meal plans don’t exactly add up to life on your own. The thought seems to be that true reality doesn’t really set in until you have to support yourself, make your own wages (and dinner), and even…yes…fold your own laundry. The “real world” is not for the fainthearted.
Whether you find yourself in the “real world” of the workforce or the idealistic bubble of a college campus, it’s all too easy to forget about—or miss altogether— the reality that we ought to take most seriously as Catholics. I’m talking about the reality of our faith, and it’s more than mass on Sundays or a private school education in Catholic theology.
The reality of our faith is that Heaven exists—which means that Hell also exists—And Satan will do everything in His power to keep us from reaching Heaven.
As Catholics, we are not free to dismiss the supernatural realm as merely movie magic. Spiritual warfare is real, which is certainly a terrifying reality, if God is not on your side. Fortunately for us (as humans, not just Catholics), God is always on our side. However: though God will never reject us, we can choose to reject God (read: choose Satan). We do this every time we choose to sin. God wins the battle every time. The question is: are we letting Him fight for us?
We are in the midst of a battle for our very souls. Are we acting like it?
The reality of our faith grants ordinary men the supernatural power to forgive sins through priestly ordination.
Ever been at the airport and seen a priest walking around? You could be surrounded by hundreds of other people, but, as a Catholic, that priest is the only one in the terminal who has the power to literally take your sins away from you and give you forgiveness. Because of a priest, in a matter of minutes we can be reconciled to our God whom we have offended through our sins.
Do we even stop to think of what this means?
The reality of our faith as Catholics is that at every mass, our God comes to meet us in the Eucharist.
Literally. He remains present in His body, blood, soul, and divinity in the tabernacle, 24/7, at our local Catholic parish (and He longs for us daily just to stop in at least for a quick visit).
Are we taking advantage of so great a gift?
It’s not that the “real world” isn’t real, nor am I saying that college can’t (or shouldn’t) be as awesome as you can make it. The point is to keep things in perspective. In the end, there is nothing so real as the reality of our faith.