How many of us would die for the Faith? I mean actually stand up in the face of certain death and declare that yes, I believe in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church founded by Christ and built on the rock of Peter. Over the course of the last two thousand years, there were many who did just that. Burned at the stake – Crucified – or other horrible ends.
Why would they go that far? Simply because they could do nothing else. They could not deny the truth. That took courage. That took conviction.
Would I? Would you?
We are surrounded by many comforts. We have warm houses, food on the table, cloths on our backs. The internet provides us with seemingly unlimited entertainment. Televisions provide sporting events in our very own family rooms. We have a myriad of methods to pipe music into our ears.
Would you give it up and die for our Faith?
What if you were called not to die but just asked to endure some hardships. Maybe a job loss has caused you to cut back. How do you react? Perhaps you are being given an opportunity to “die” to yourself by giving up some of those comforts. Why would you do that? Perhaps God wants you to begin to rely more on Him.
You don’t have to wait for a job loss, though. Start your own “boot camp.” Cut out some of the things in your life that cause you to take your eyes off of God. Give up something like television or internet for one day a week and say a Rosary instead. Keep that old smart phone instead of buying the latest gadget. Live with that coat another year and donate the savings to St. Vincent DePaul. Give up desserts a few days a week.
Die to yourself. Then, if you are ever truly called to make that choice of standing up for your faith, you will have been training for it all along.