Christ’s words of admonishment to Saint Peter offer a lesson for us in living the Christian life in what has become an insane world. They remind us, among other things, of the importance of speaking what is true, even when risks are involved.
St. Augustine’s life provides us with an example of the sublime fruits of grace which Christ bestows upon those who fall in love with the Divine Teacher of Truth. In doing so, Augustine was drawn to the Catholic Church, the holy dwelling place in which the fullness of truth subsists through the ages.
In my first few weeks of working as an intern at a children’s school, I came face-to-face with the demands of truth. I quickly realized how some of the things the school taught these young children were not only incompatible with what is true but dangerously harmful.
What is a truly Catholic way to love? What does it mean to love? And how is loving others connected, even dependent upon, communicating the teaching of the Church on faith and morals? Is it loving to remain silent and look the other way while someone engages in destructive behavior?
The Catholic life is a unity of reason, truth, faith, and morals. It’s a beautiful, challenging, transcendent life. It’s a life of which people are in desperate need of today.