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Fath Ongoing is a journey through life as we grow in our faith and continue to move forward no matter what comes our way. Faith is not a one-time thing. It is not just a badge we wear. It’s not a club we join. Our life is faith and devotion.

These days, people seem to think that faith is something you do quietly in your home. People say that you need to only be Catholic or Christian in the church building, but outside of that you are not allowed to practice religious beliefs, especially because it threatens and scares those who hate God.

There are now too many people even within our own Catholic circles who do not hesitate to attack Conservatives for being anti-feminist, pro-marriage, and pro-life. People pick and choose what they want to believe and ignore explicit teachings from the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This is fundamentally flawed - if you have a great faith in truth and believe in the Way, the Truth and the Life, then how can you believe that this faith is not one, strong, collective truth and teaching? If your faith looks vastly different than your fellow Christian, why is that ok?

I’m not talking about opinions or certain ways of life and picking a variety of devotions and having different interests.

I’m talking about the big doctrines. Being Pro-life, believing in the Eucharist, fulfilling the Sunday obligation - those are not things you can just choose to ignore.

I am a Catholic who goes to Traditional Latin Mass. I am blessed to live near the Latin Mass. However, I look at the broader spectrum of our faith today in the United States - how God is attacked and insulted. Our media will have anyone believe that Christians are evil, homophobic racists. Maybe you don’t like to hear this, but I wonder how you really feel about it if you still subscribe to Disney Plus. Like I said, we are Catholic outside of Mass too…why do we allow the media into our daily lives?

I love communities, parishes, meeting other Catholics. I love to see young Catholics meet up at Theology on Tap, I love to see elderly people pray the rosary together. I love to see Catholic families at Mass, carrying crying babies. I love being Catholic (I am a convert. I was twenty years old when I was confirmed).

We need to resist these ideas that we can just accept all religions, all ways of life, and ignore the hatred being dished out on Conservatives. We need to remember that recognizing sin is not the same as judging someone and hating them. If we are Catholic, we know what sin looks like. And the media and the government is trying to punish us for it.

I hope this online community can be a place of good dialogue, good ideas, and good faith. I don’t want anyone to feel put down or ashamed. We aren’t here to call out people who are different than us (Not everyone is the same, and that’s good). We are here to build each other up!

May God Bless you, and let’s journey on in faith together.

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